SOCIAL WORK PLACEMENT
- All TY students must have a work placement
- The placement should be of a social nature (see list attached)
- The period of time and the frequency of this work depend on each college’s policy
You must get the attached work placement form filled out by your employer and hand it back to your TY coordinator by the date required.
For each placement, all students are expected to organise their own placement for the specific dates.
WORK EXPERIENCE PLACEMENTS
Many girls and boys in the Transition Year Programme start looking for work experience only a couple of days before the actual placement. Then, they wonder why some people have found excellent placements whereas others felt useless and didn’t learn anything during their placement.
YOU MUST START LOOKING EARLY IF YOU WANT TO AVOID THIS SITUATION
In our experience, the sooner you start looking for work experience, the better you will enjoy it. Generally, the best placement jobs that people find are places where they already had some kind of “possibility”. Often the best placements are obtained where a relation or friend of your parents works. Sometimes, great placements can be obtained through your neighbours who work in the kind of job you are interested in.
USE YOUR NETEWORKS OF FAMILY AND FRIENDS TO FIND A PLACEMENT
What if you don’t have a “possibility”? In this case, you must create yours and have a strategy whereby you have a good CV made up and you contact as many companies or organisations that interest you as possible.
CREATE YOUR OWN “POSSIBILITY”: HAVE A STRATEGY, USE YOUR RESEARCH AND COMMUNICATION SKILLS
|Start looking early||Leave it until the last minute|
|Find a placement that interests you||Avoid getting a placement with other TY’s|
|Step outside your comfort zone||Don’t take the easy option|
|Get the Work placement forms filled in and returned ASAP||Let yourself down whilst on placement|
|Use your network of family and friends|
|Know what is expected of you on your placement|
|Be pro active / Show initiative|
|Learn from your experience|
WORK PLACEMENT IDEAS
Here are some ideas for the Transition year work placement. You can use this list as a starting point to help you find a placement. Please remember to choose your work experience according to your interests and skills.
- Retail: local shops, supermarkets (Supervalu, Lidl, Tesco), music stores (Music maker, Sound shop), bicycle sale and repair shops…
- Education: crèches, primary schools, universities…
- Trades: motor mechanics, carpentry, electrician, plumber, roofer, painter, tiling, printer…
- Public services: fire and ambulance service, police (Garda), coast guard, army, air cops, prison service, libraries, administration positions (various government departments)
- Legal: solicitor, barrister, legal executive
- Medical: local hospitals, veterinary clinics, laboratories, medical supplies, dentist…
- IT: firms (Google, Facebook, Paypal, Daft, Microsoft, Ebay, Twitter), computer maintenance/repair shops, graphic design companies
- General: accounting companies, architectural companies, banks, engineering, estate agents, gym instructor, interior design companies, recruitment agencies, stock broking companies
- Outdoor placement: farming, golf clubs, landscaping, outdoor pursuit centres, tree surgeon
WRITING FOR A PLACEMENT
Even if the school may have organised a work experience placement for you, it is quite likely that the skill of letter-writing will be an important one for you to develop. That is why you may have to write a letter explaining why you would like a particular placement and confirm the details in writing. Below are examples of such letters.
Date, Month in Full, Year
Re: Work Experience/Community Service Placement (only put in the correct one!)
I am a Transition Year student at XXX Community School, Co. Dublin. As part of this programme I would like to do my work experience/community service with you.
My placement takes place from (date) _______________ to (date) ______________ inclusive. I am required to work during normal school hours which are 9am-4pm during the school term (but I can be flexible to work longer if needed). No payment is expected for this placement. I am covered by the schools insurance policy during this period.
I have heard very good reports about your company and I am interested in working with you because I feel that I will gain lots of new skills and improve my confidence and my ability to communicate. I enclose my curriculum vitae for your attention.
If you are interested in meeting me, I would be delighted to attend for an interview any time at your convenience. If you require any more information about my course, the school programmes co-ordinator, Ms Jane Doe will be glad to assist you. She can be contacted at our school at 051 12345.
I look forward to hearing from you soon.
|XXX Community College
TY mobile: 012 345656
17th March 2016
_________________ is a Transition year student in XXX Community College. She/He has requested a social placement with you on ____________ (dates). We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for agreeing to facilitate one of our students. This active learning experience is paramount in preparing students for the future and also for participating in the Transition Year Programme. Our student will also obtain direct experience of the world of work and an adult working environment with its attendant duties and responsibilities. Work experience is covered by our school insurance; we have attached a copy of our insurance for you records.
We would be obliged if you confirm this placement on the form below and give it back to the student for return to the school.
If you have any questions in relation to this placement, please do not hesitate to contact us. Thank you again for your valuable assistance with the development of our students.
(Name of the coordinator)
EXAMPLE: TRANSITION YEAR PROGRAMME
|Accounting||The Enron scandal, tabular statements, Sage Accounts for schools||Participation in class discussion (20%), project on Financial Scandals, (80%), Students may work towards the SAGE certificate.|
|AppMathematics||Simpsons Rule and Applied accelerated motion.||Graded homework exercises; and the average of four continuous assessment exams.|
|Art||Study of the Impressionist period + an impressionist work, a self-portrait in a given style, and a 3D puppet head||Practical (painting) 70%, Essay 30%
Self-portrait: prep 20%, proportions 30%, tone/colour 30%, style 20%
Puppet: Design (20%), realisation (60%), colour etc (20%)
|Biotechnology||A combination of applied biology and chemistry: it harnesses the natural processes and systems of living organisms to a variety of different technologies, with the objective of producing desired products. Theory and experimental work.||Theory (weekly), 40%, Practical 30%, Project 30%.
(Project criteria, Presentation of work: 25%, Gathering of information and research: 25%, Conclusions and addressing the question: 25%, Showing your own thinking and reasoning: 25%)
|Biology||Cell Biology, Role and function of food in the diet, Introduction to Human Anatomy, Introduction to Sports Science and common sports injuries.||Four written exercises (20% each) and a final poster (20%)|
|Business||Mortgages, Employment rights, Your rights as a “financial” consumer,
Income tax credits, Protecting yourself, Protecting your possessions.
|Written work 40%; Class tests 40%; Class participation and behaviour; 20%|
|Chemistry||Chemistry: reaction rates, particle theory of matter, catalysts and enzymes. Lavoisier, Law of conservation of mass. Agricultural
Science: dairy and beef breeds of cattle ruminant stomach, micro-organisms in digestion, diets.
|Internet research project worth 25%, Write up and presentation of experiment worth 25%, Examination at the end of the 7 week module split into 25% each|
|Classical Studies||The concept of the Gods and beliefs that existed in classical Greece
|Completion of 12 of the class work sheets, each graded at 8%, overall effort, 4%|
|Design||Brief analysis, research, freehand sketching, refinement, CAD model making.||1 page research 10%; 1 page freehand sketches 20%; Finished 3D
Solidworks model 70%
|Economics||About economics, Economic systems. The role government in the economy, Factors of production (1. Land 2. Labour 3. Capital 4. Enterprise).||Wall Project 30%, Power point presentation 30%, Class test 40%|
|English||Novel Studies (+ reading of 3 novels)
Perspectives of America in Literature and Film
Modes of Language
Comparative Studies/Film Studies
|Five written assignments 50%, 800-1000 (typed) essay 30%, Class test 20% Homework 10%; Classwork 10%; In-class assessment 40% (2×20); Written assignment 40% (2×20)
Comparative Study 40%, Essay 60%
|Enterprise||Entrepreneurial Skills and Characteristics; Role of the Entrepreneur in Ireland today; Entrepreneur and entrepreneurial spirit examples; Financial Stock Markets; Student Enterprise idea generation – product development – 7 steps||Classroom Presentation/ Projects – weekly 30%, Formal Project & Presentation (Smartstocks) 30%, Smartstocks (Final Ranking & Trade count) 30%, Classroom Participation 10%|
|Food Appreciation||Food identification, nutrition, awareness. Basic cooking skills.
Safety and hygiene.
|Homework assignments 5 x 15% = 75%, Final Exam: 25%|
|French||Language development through biographies of the famous French- speaking people, the study of French film, role-plays, the study of cultural traditions, the rugby “World Cup”, reading of novellas, educational system||Module 1: Project Work (10%); Group Talk (3 x 20%); Grammar (10%); Homework (20%)
Module 2: Personal avatar (30%), creation of articles in pairs (30%), homework (20%), Oral examination (20%)
Module 3&4: Homework (40%), test on Novella (60%)
Module 5&6: Final exam (40%), listening test (20%), oral presentation (20%), homework (20%)
|Geography||Cartography, Geography of Popular Music||Three essays (30% each) and mapping task 10%.|
|German||Modern German history, vocabulary sheets, dialects, “false” translations, Grammatik, role play, cultural differences, (education, food, teenage life), German novel, debate on a prescribed motion.||Module 1: History p/point 20%; film review30%:test 30%; book review 20%
Module 2: Oral exam (40%); Dialects (30%): Aktivität (30%)
Module 3: Grammar 30%; Roleplays 30%: Report 20%; Book review 20%
Module 4: Debate speech 20%; Oral Exam 40%; book review 20%; folder 20%
USA in the 1960’s – Political and Social Issues
|Module 1 – 25% for homework assignments, 75% for ppt slideshow (60% content, 15% presentation)|
|Intro to MS Office (Word, Powerpoint, Excel) with related exercises.
Video and Image editing. Gaming programming
|Assessment Criteria for each will be published at the beginning of each course|
|Irish||Module 1 – the oral and the aural
Module 3 Clár don idirbhlian
|Oral notes (30%), poster (20%), Oral test (30%), Aural h/w (12%), Effort (5%)
Beasaí/ Dearcadh (10%); Obair Bhaile (30%); Srúdaithe (60%)
Le fail do chumarsáid ranga (20%), Don léirmheas litríochta (20%); Ag dul do na píosaí scríobhneoireachta (60%)
|Mathematics||Probability, Statistics, Algebra, Trigonometry||Trigonometry: 10% Attendance 10% Application in class 10% Quality of homework 15% X 3 – Continuous assessments 25% Project, based on group field work
Algebra: 2-3 tests per module, -3% per homework not completed
Statistics: Class participation in discussions 10%; Statistics Poster 70%, Class Test (2) 20%
Probability: Discussion in class (10%). Quality of homework (10%). Class test every two weeks (80%)
|MediaStudies||An introduction to the key factors that drive ‘the Media’. Students produce their own piece.||Classwork 10 %; In-class assessment 20% (2×20); Written assignment 40% (2×20); Participation in group work (30%)|
|Music||An intro to older musical genres and lesser noticed aspects of the rock’n’roll genre||A project focusing upon student’s favourite artist, group and musical genre|
|P.E||Health Related Fitness, Strength and Conditioning, Invasion Games, Water sports, Teams games||Participation|
|Physics||Product design, Optics, Newton, Electricity, Modern popular scientific writing||Each module is assessed at 20% on the basis of effort and willingness to engage with the material and academic accomplishment.|
|Religion||The search for Meaning and the Origins of Religion, Social Justice and Human Rights, Christianity, World Religions and contemporary faith and culture.||Homework, end of module typed assessment, and PowerPoint Presentation with verbal presentation.|
|Spanish||Language development through biographies of the famous Spanish speaking people, the study of Spanish film, role-plays, and the study of Spanish & Hispanic cultural traditions.||Project: 50%; Oral work: 15%; Homework: 15%; Aural: 10%; Written tests: 10%|
|TechGraphics||Introduction to drawing techniques using major and minor axis, focal points, point of contact, spirals in both plan and elevation on a cone, elevation and end-view of a truncated square based pyramid.||An average grade for homework drawings using the following criteria: Layout of the drawing; Drawing technique; Completion of the task.|