young Horizons
Case Study

Trinity Comprehensive School, Ballymun 

Since the initial beginnings of the charity, yH has worked with Trinity Comprehensive School in Ballymun to provide TY students with careers fairs, workshops, site visits and talks. These activites aim to help inform their decisions when choosing their subjects in 5th year for their Leaving Cert, and potentially light a spark in some that education is important and beneficial to their life. 

​In just one academic year, yH has organised the following events for the students in Trinity Comp:
  1. Construction & Engineering Workshop 
  2. Air traffic Control 
  3. RTE Studios
  4. ESB Power Station Ringsend
  5. Dublin Airport & Airport Police
  6. Government Buildings -  Noel Rock TD 
  7. Interview skills workshop 
  8. Skylon Hotel 
  9. Aer Lingus 
  10. Mock Interviews for 12 students
  11. DIT Cathal Brugha Street 
  12. Aer Lingus Talk & workshop 
  13. Placements (8 students) (DIT, ESB, Aer Lingus)

Student Testimonial 

"Overall this was such an incredible eye opening experience. It was such a pleasure to meet the different members of staff and to learn about the different jobs that you wouldn’t expect to be so important but most definitely are. All of the staff treated us with such kindness and care. This experience has opened me to the possibility of a future career with the company Aer Lingus. I would like to say a massive thank you for providing myself and Claire with this opportunity."

Yasmin, current student of Trinty Comp who did a week placement with Aer Lingus in February 2018. 
"I first became involved with young Horizons through TY. At first, I was just attending different talks organised by Steve which were all about different professions, this became really eye opening to see what was available for me after school. One of the first events I took part in was the professional  "speed dating" in my school library. There was plenty of different people representing a wide variety of companies. The professions that had appealed to me most were youth work, the garda and business marketing.

I then attended an Aer Lingus site visit and got to experience a day of the cabin crew training. This was a great experience and I applied for the week-long work experience with the cabin crew training team. I didn’t get a place but I didn’t mind too much because Steve had organised a week-long work experience with the Electric Ireland marketing team. This was an amazing experience and it also made me realise I wasn’t cut out for working in an office all day. This helped me narrow down my career to the Garda and youth work.

I also went to the Bray Air Show with Steve to sell programmes. This was a brilliant experience as I'd never done this sort of work before. The Bray Air Show is so popular and had a couple of thousand people attending. This was a great chance to get some sales experience while also working as a team with two volunteers from young Horizons.

young Horizons helped give me the motivation to go to college. I didn’t get to go straight into a degree course and am currently doing a level 5 at Liberties College in Youth and Community work. If it wasn’t for young Horizons and hearing how some of their speakers had become successful through attending PLC courses and never giving up, I would have just left it for a year and attempted to apply for a degree course the following year.

I had decided that I wanted to volunteer with young Horizons when I started in Liberties College because being involved in school and hearing some of the speakers had helped me not give up when I very easily could have. After this experience, I wanted to be able to share my story with students, so they might become inspired the way I was. young Horizons has helped me build a lot of self-confidence and as a result of that I applied to be an Irish delegate for an EU Youth Strategy. I was one of the three delegates picked out of twenty-one applicants. If it wasn’t for my involvement with young Horizons I never would have believe in myself enough to put in an application for this opportunity."

Dean Murray, past pupil of Trinity Comprehensive Secondary School.