KTCS Careers News


Careers News January 2019

6th Years

82% of 6th year students have applied to the CAO for courses at Universities & Institutes of Technology in Ireland IT Carlow, Maynooth and Trinity as well as UL & WT are popular amongst students this year. Read more.....

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Senior Cycle Options Jan 10th 2019 7pm

Careers News December 2018

6th years are being met by the DSGC for their Career Guidance Interviews. Many students are compiling supporting documents for their HEAR, DARE and Access applications. Read more....

December 20th KTCS Annual College Speed Dating

Past pupils from a variety of colleges will return to KTCS on December 20th 11.15am in the Cantten area to share their college experiences with 6th year students. The event will take the form of a speed dating event where students will have 5 minutes with each college student to ask them questions about their course, the college, the costs of college, the ups and downs and generally the information that is not in the prospectus. Students have found this event to be very helpful as it allows them to focus on college options in advance of the early closing date for the CAO on January 20th 2019.


The Apprenticeship, Further Training & Local Colleges fair was a huge success in Kildare Town Community School yesterday with hugely positive feedback from the TY, 5th & 6th year students of the town and their parents.

The visiting students from Athy CS, Curragh Post Primary and Monasterevan were very appreciative of the invitation to attend along with their Guidance Counsellors.

Higher Education Institutions such as Maynooth, Limerick University, TCD, Athlone IT, Waterford IT and Carlow IT and the National College of Ireland were in attendance allowing students to speak with the college representatives about the courses available to them in our nearest third level providers. Students were very interested in the Psychology degree at NCI as it is within their points range and this city centre college is very commutable for them. St Conleths Newbridge, Portlaoise College and the Curragh PP gave students Information about courses at Levels 5 & 6 that would be available to them. Industries such as Dawn Meats, Pfizer, TEGRAL, Proctor and Gamble, ESB, Logistics Ireland, Sheehy Motors, The Irish Motor industry, Peter Mark, Logistics, Plastics Ireland, TESCO allowed students to see the diverse range of apprenticeship programmes that are available. Students were very taken with representatives from the Defence Forces, the Navy and An Garda Siochana. DIT and KWETB representatives gave students insights into the different apprenticeship programmes they run. Local companies such as Burke Brothers Joinery, Noel Fay Carpentry, and Heaney Construction shared very interesting insights of careers in the construction industry. Financial Institutions such as Mc Mahon Accountancy, Insurance Institute and Bank of Ireland also offer diverse routes to a career in this sector. Helen from FIT shared details of the 2 apprenticeship programmes on offer in the IT sector with guaranteed jobs upon qualification. The Hospitality sector was represented by local expert Caroline Kelly from the Silken Thomas and the Clonard Court Hotel, both of whom spoke about the shortage of chefs in Ireland and Europe. Equine enthusiasts met with representatives from RACE and Horse Racing Ireland.

'Students benefited from hearing the personal stories of those in attendance and learning about alternate routes to their chosen career’ said the School Guidance Counsellor Ms E Urell, 'There was a wonderful vibe in the school and teachers reported to me how this positivism and enthusiasm translates into studies where students can see the benefit of study and exam results in their future'.

All in all the ‘earn as you learn’ model was opened up to the students of KTCS and surrounding areas.

November 19th - 23rd College Awareness Week


Kildare Town Community School is hosting a Focus on Apprenticeships, Further Training and local colleges afternoon on Thursday November 22nd from 2-4pm for senior cycle students and their parents. Students will have the opportunity to speak with apprentice providers in a variety of career areas ranging from hospitality, construction, engineering, carpentry. Students can bring CV’s to the event.They will also be able to meet with representatives from professional bodies who are coordinating new apprentices in a variety of areas such as Insurance, Accountancy, Hospitality, Plastics, Automobile and many others. Horse Racing Ireland and RACE will also be in attendance. Maynooth University, Trinity College, National College of Ireland, Carlow IT, Athlone IT, Waterford IT and our local Further education provider will provide information on the courses on offer there KWETB and DIT will give information on the apprenticeship programmes they coordinate. Bank of Ireland, Garda, Defence Forces, Pfizer, TEGRAL, ESB and many other companies will be available to speak with students and their parents. Other local schools have been invited and parents and students are encouraged to avail of this opportunity to attend this information packed event.

November 23rd Shannon College Presentation


Shannon College of Hotel Management will give a presentation to 6th years on courses in Hospitality and Business at the college.

9.40am Computer Room

November 14th Parent's Information Session


An information session for parents of 6th year students will be held in KTCS Business studies room on November 14th at 3.15 pm just before the Parent Teacher meeting. The presentation entitles Third level Options will cover the many options open to students on leaving school including Employment, Apprenticeships, Further and Higher education. The application process to the CAO will be covered and key application dates will be given. Parents will also be briefed on the HEAR & DARE access schemes. All parents of 6th year students are welcome.

November 15th IT Carlow/ Carlow College’s Open Day


The annual trip to IT Carlow/ Carlow College’s Open day will take place on Thursday November 15th 2018. The bus will leave the school at 9am and return at 4pm. Students will have the opportunity to attend talks on the various courses at the colleges and to view the facilities. Lecturers, staff and students will be available to speak with students and to show the facilities at the college.

Maynooth University Talk

On the 5th of November Shiela Purcell from the Admissions Office in Maynooth University gave a presentation to our 6th year students. Read more....

Careers News October 2018

38 out of 140 Leaving Certificate students have been met by the Guidance counsellor for their careers appointment. This appointment involves analysis of Aptitude tests, Interest tests and any other online self-awareness test. Read more......

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