Work Experience

Work experience is one of the most effective ways of learning about jobs and careers while in secondary school.


Each year, many Coláiste Pobail Setanta students from Transition Year (TY), Leaving Certificate Applied (LCA) and the Leaving Certificate Vocational Programmes (LCVP) go on work placements and enjoy the opportunity to not only learn about the world of work and explore possible career options but also to actively develop skills for future enterprise and employability.

These work placements are, for many students, the highlight of their school year where they may have the opportunity to gain a real insight into the challenges and opportunities of work.

Schools and students rely on the willingness of employers to provide work placement opportunities and employers play a pivotal role in the success of these work experience programmes.

These valuable experiences have been shown to be very influential in the choices students make at the beginning of their career path.

Current Students and Past Students

We would love to hear about your work experience and share this information with current and future students alike. We would be very grateful if you could fill in this short online form about your experiences.

Student Form Online



As outlined below there are many benefits in having a student for work experience.

If you are interested in having students contact you for work experience please fill in this online form.

Employer Form Online


Placements provide many opportunities and benefits to both employers and students. Those most commonly cited by employers are: 


influencing the quality of future employees:

employers can help improve the quality and preparedness of young people coming onto the labour market;  

development of recruitment channels:

building links with local schools can help to attract school leavers into jobs and can reduce recruitment costs; 

brand awareness:

work placements are often formative for students and discussed frequently with peers. A work placement significantly impacts on their awareness of the brand and values of the organisation, which will be shared with others;

influencing career choices:

many employers report that work placements are the ideal way of raising the profile of career opportunities within their organisation and, in some cases, of dispelling unwarranted stereotyped views; 

raising the community profile:

many employers attach importance to raising their profile in the community. Work placements provide a valuable means of creating a positive image among students, teachers, parents and employees; 

creation of staff development opportunities:

the process of policy development, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of work experience programmes gives scope for employees to develop their management and coaching skills, and widen their experience; 

increased motivation of employees:

companies participating in education-business link activities have found that such activities increase the motivation of their employees; 

understanding changes in the education system:

closer liaison with schools helps employers to improve their understanding of modern learning processes and current educational qualifications, and enhances their relationship with teachers. 


students may provide fresh perspectives, as well as providing an additional resource.



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