Transition Year Work Experience

Fighting Words welcomes TY students at our Dublin location. All the information you need is here!


Are you considering a career working with children or in the creative arts?

Starting your Transition Year Work Experience with Fighting Words is an excellent first step!

Work experience students in Transition Year help out at our primary school workshops. At these workshops, classes start a story together and then finish it individually. TY students are part of the group of volunteer writing mentors who deliver the workshop.

It's fast paced and fun and you will receive plenty of support from Fighting Words staff. You’ll be part of the team in no time!

Please note that applications from students attending DEIS schools will be prioritised.

Hours and Location

Placements run: Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 12.30pm.

All workshops take place at the Fighting Words centre in Dublin:

  • Our address:  Behan Square, 12-16 Russell Street, Dublin 1 D01 WD53 


We work with a different class every day, from primary schools all over the Dublin area. You'll be part of the team of volunteer mentors that deliver the workshops. 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. You'll be doing everything from hanging up coats to helping students organise their ideas into a fantastic new story!

Don't worry if you've never done anything like this before - we will provide orientation on the first day and all the support you need during your placement.

This is Important, So Please Read: Garda Vetting

If you are 16 years or older during the time of your placement, you are legally required to be Garda vetted.

Fighting Words will provide you with the forms to complete this process.

Vetting can take up to four weeks to process. Processing can only start after your 16th birthday.


If you are 15 years old at the time of your placement, the vetting requirement does not apply.

Are you a parent/guardian/teacher?

While we are happy to answer your queries, we will only confirm places directly with students. We think this is a really important aspect of a placement with us.

Sounds Brilliant! How Do I Apply? 

Placements are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. As placements with us are in high demand, we encourage you to contact us as soon as you know your work placement dates.

Due to the volume of applications, please allow for 7 working days for a response to your application.


Fighting Words accepts Transition Year students for work experience on the following basis:

  • One week
  • One day per week for a minimum of four weeks

IMPORTANT! You may require Garda vetting.

Students over the age of 16 at the time of placement are LEGALLY REQUIRED to be Garda vetted. 

Fighting Words will conduct Garda vetting for students age 16 and older, but it is the responsibility of the student to ensure that all forms and required identification are submitted in a timely manner.

Garda vetting can take up to four working weeks to complete and cannot be conducted until after your 16th birthday.

Please ensure that there is enough time for vetting to be processed before your placement starts.

Please note that all information included in this application will be held in compliance with the Fighting Words Data Protection Policy