Take a Chance. Make a Change.
Take a Chance. Make a Change.

Help us introduce our Sector to a rich source of untapped potential future talent.

We are looking to secure high quality work-experience placements for TY & LCA students from 6 D1 DEIS Schools.

The North East Inner City (NEIC) Initiative is a social regeneration initiative endorsed by Government involving local communities charged with creating opportunities to bring about lasting, positive change in the area.

Work experience has the potential to make a real difference in the lives of young people. Often, work placements can reflect and reproduce patterns of inequality with working class students getting working class placements and middle-class pupils experiencing the benefits of “professional placements”. The NEIC work experience placement programme is a conscious effort to combat this trend and is one strand in a coordinated effort to open opportunities, raise awareness and aspirations and ultimately to provide students in Dublin 1 schools with access to and insight into professions and career paths outside their existing network.

This is where you, our IAPI members, can bring about change for these students. The NEIC have asked us here in IAPI to ask you our members to provide as many work placements as possible for the students of the six DEIS schools that fall under this scheme. There are currently 32 Applied Leaving Cert Students and 170 Transition Year Students awaiting quality professional placements.

The weeklong placement dates take place over the following weeks:

  • 24 - 28 October
  • 14 - 18 November
  • 21-25 November

To discuss how you and your Agency can work with NEIC and provide an opportunity, please contact NEIC Work Experience Placement Project Officer, National College of Ireland, Career Development & Employability Team by emailing olive.ojo@ncirl.ie or ncicareersteam@ncirl.ie

If you have any further questions about this, please see the FAQ below>>


Can I host more than one placement student?

Yes, absolutely! Many organisations involved in the programme have hosted between 2—10 placement students across different departments.

How will I plan the work experience placement?

We are happy to assist you in planning an engaging work experience placement. We can provide you with sample timetables from previous placements, a short guide on the objectives of the placement and details about the students you will be hosting.

How long does a placement last?

Work experience placements typically last for 1 week. As many offices now operate in a hybrid environment, we are also happy to discuss options with organisations that could only host a student onsite for 3 days.

Do I need insurance to host a student on placement?

Students are covered by their School Insurers. You will receive the student’s insurance documents prior to their placement week.

What support will be available?

The NEIC Project Officer is available throughout the planning process and during the placement to answer any questions you may have. Please see contact details below.

What is the goal of this placement?

The goal of the placement is to give students an insight into career areas and career paths they may not have considered or be aware of. The placement allows students to engage with individuals engaged in a variety of disciplines in the workplace. It also gives them the opportunity to develop their communication and technical skills whilst also building their network and gaining an insight into potential career paths that may interest them, the day-to-day work involved in the career area and the entry requirements.