Transition Year Work Experience

Applications for the 2019-2020 are now open!

Places are allocated on a first come, first served basis. While we are happy to answer queries from parents, we will only confirm places directly with students.

There are NO further weekly placements available for 2019-2020.

Please note that we no longer have available placements in Dublin during the following weeks:

  • September 23
  • September 30
  • October 7
  • October 14
  • October 21
  • November 4
  • November 11
  • November 25
  • December 2
  • December 9
  • December 16
  • January 13
  • January 20
  • January 27
  • February 3
  • February 10
  • February 24
  • March 9
  • March 23
  • March 30
  • May 18
  • May 25

If you are interested in working with children and/or the creative arts, a Transition Year work experience placement is a great learning opportunity and a lot of fun! During work experience week placements, students assist with our primary school workshops, including set up and clean up, from 9.30am to 12.30pm. A different class visits us each morning, from primary schools all over the Dublin area.  Students spend the first half of the morning writing a story as a group and the second half of the morning writing individual endings to that story. Work experience students are part of the team of volunteer writing tutors who deliver the workshop each day, supervised by Fighting Words staff.

Placements are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. As placements with us are very popular, students are encouraged to contact us as soon as you know your work experience dates. 

Fighting Words accepts 4th year (Transition Year) students for work experience on the following basis:

  • One day per week for a minimum of four weeks at our centres in Dublin and Glencree, Co. Wicklow. Students must be available one day per week for a minimum of four weeks on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday for a minimum of four weeks. We do not run workshops on Fridays. 
  • Week-long placements at our centres in Dublin and Glencree, from Monday through Thursday, from 9.30am to 12.30pm. Students are strongly encouraged to stay for Write Club on Wednesday afternoon.

Important Information About Garda Vetting:

  • If you will be 15 years old at the time of your placement. you are NOT required to be Garda vetted.
  • If you will be 16 years old at the time of your placement, you are LEGALLY REQUIRED to be Garda vetted.
  • Please note that Fighting Words DOES NOT conduct Garda vetting for TY students on week-long placements. You may apply for a place at Fighting Words if your school provides Garda vetting for students - check with your school for details. DO NOT APPLY UNLESS YOU ARE CERTAIN YOU WILL BE VETTED BY YOUR SCHOOL DURING YOUR PLACEMENT DATES.
  • Fighting Words DOES conduct Garda vetting for TY students on placement one day per week, subject to conditions. Contact us for details.

 Click here for the Transition Year Placement Application Form.

Please contact Sara Bennett, General Manager, with any queries about our TY programme or contact the office on 01 894 4576.