The Transition Year: A Unique Programme in Irish Education Bridging The Gap Between School and The Workplace



Transition Year is a unique and exciting programme situated in the middle of the six year second level education system in Ireland. Since its introduction in 1974, the programme has experienced unprecedented growth now being offered in over 80% of schools on the island. Transition Year seeks to emphasize alternative learning methodologies including self-directed learning and experiential learning; intellectual, social and personal development; community and inter-school communications; exposure to careers education and the world of work. The latter occurs predominantly through actual work experience. This paper situates and explains the Transition Year Programme in Irish education as well as outlining the significance of the essential work experience component. Transition Year work experience is the bridge that connects young people in the classroom with adult life and the world of work.


Transition Year, Experiential learning, Work Experience, Socio-cultural learning, Career path.

Paper Details

Paper Details
Topic Irish Education
Pages 199 - 210
Issue IEJEE, Volume 8, Issue 2, Special Issue: Contemporary Irish Education
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University College Cork,


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