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TY Opportunities

Below you’ll find a number of resources that can give Transition Year students the chance to experience STEM, relevant subjects and careers.

If you have a STEM-related TY programme or resource you would like us to add here, please get in touch with us through our 'Contact Us' page.

The best way to work out what you want to study or work in, is to try and experience as much as you can, talk to lots of people and do your research about what is required. Information is power! 

Transition Year Ireland

The Transition Year Ireland (TYI) website offers Transition Year students, teachers and parents lots of information about TY opportunities. The TY EXPO takes place in Punchestown on 11th and 12th September 2017, with exhibition stalls, talks and lots of exciting features for TY students and coordinators to enjoy.

‘Engineering Your Future’ TY programme 2017

Engineering Your Future (EYF) is a week-long, hands-on programme for Transition Year students who have an interest in science and maths. It is designed to introduce them to the exciting and diverse world of engineering.

The event, supported by STEPS and hosted by a number of third-level institutes throughout Ireland, offers Transition Year students the opportunity to:


  • Gain a better understanding of the skills required of engineers and the career opportunities available to qualified engineers.
  • Learn about the disciplines and technologies making up the exciting world of engineering.
  • Meet engineers at various stages in their careers and hear about their experiences.
  • Gain an in-depth understanding of the diversity of engineering at third level and its subject content.
  • Experience what engineers do on a daily basis through industry visits.

Details of the colleges running the programme in 2018 will be announced on the website soon. .

Smart Futures WorkXperience

The WorkXperience programme links employers with teachers, parents and students to encourage successful and rewarding work placements, giving them a real sense of what working life is like. 

Search for work placements in career areas involving science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). New companies will be joining the programme over the year so check back regularly for updates.

All employers are welcome to participate - and it’s completely free.

The WorkXperience programme provides employers with a range of resources to manage the daily activities of students, with lots of ideas on activities that can benefit both. Teachers are also provided with resources. Go to and register your organisation now or contact (01) 440 2314 for further information.

APC Cork – TY Experience Programme

The Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre (APC) Biosciences Institute in University College Cork is running it’s Budding Biologists Programme for secondary schools to promote an understanding and appreciation of science in young people and highlight career opportunities in science. It includes a Transition Year Experience Programme and students are advised to visit the website to download an application form – closing date for receipt of applications late January 2017). Laboratory workshops are also often available at UCC’s Microbiology Department in areas such as microbiology, genetics and immunology.

Science For Schools Free Transition Year Programme

Science for Schools is a free resource for secondary school teachers, designed in conjunction with Professor Emma Teelings’ Bat Lab in UCD, to support them in using genetics, biochemistry and molecular biology to show students that biology is an exciting and progressive areas of science.  Co-developed by teachers, it explores key biological concepts in comparative genomics, evolution, ecology, ecosystems and speciation.

The resource is suitable for mixed ability Transition Year biology students and assumes only Junior Certificate science prior knowledge, giving students an insight into why we study molecular biology and how this science is used on a daily basis in biological research. Check out teaching materials here.

CRANN / AMBER: Exploring Materials TY Week

The CRANN / AMBER Exploring Materials TY Week runs twice during the school year, with students visiting PhD researchers in their labs in CRANN, the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, St James's Hospital and the Advanced Microscopy Laboratory, where they have an opportunity to operate some of the world’s most advanced microscopes.

TCD School of Physics TYPE TY Programme

The School of Physics in Trinity College Dublin runs two programmes for Transition Year Students – a week in November and two one-day events in February. Check out their webpage for more information.

For enquiries relating to TYPE please contact Helen O’Halloran on (01) 896 4141 or by email


HighTechElec TY Programme

The HighTechElec TY work experience programme gives students an insight into opportunities in high tech careers. The programme is running from the 18-22 April in UCC and CIT as well as in high tech companies in Cork.

For more information please visit or email


Syndic8 is a non-profit organisation whose goal is to introduce students from secondary schools across the country to the world of Technology and Engineering. They host a global competition encouraging students to develop and learn practical skills in sectors such as aerospace, automotive, robotics and programming alongside boosting their entrepreneurial skills under our year-long challenge. This programme involves the students learning key skills such as being part of a team, research and design skills, manufacture, presentation skills creating a portfolio as well as evaluating and modifying the car or drone they have designed. This is a great opportunity for students to engage in and learn key skills with the ultimate goal of going to represent Ireland at the global event.. 


Check out for more information and how to get involved.