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Guidance and Counselling

St. Patrick's Comprehensive School Shannon

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The Guidance and Counselling service at St. Patrick's Comprehensive aims to offer a full range of learning experiences which are designed to assist students to make choices about their lives and to make transitions based on these choices. These choices may be categorised into three separate but interlinked areas -Personal and Social, Educational and Vocational.

Educational Guidance:  The Guidance and Counselling service provides the following service:

  • Assisting first years in their transition from primary school to second level education.
  • Advising students on subject choice for the Junior Certificate.
  • Providing seminars on study skills and examination technique.
  • Guiding students on programmes to follow at senior cycle and on subject choice at senior cycle.
  • Helping students in transferring to third level and further education.
  • Classes to students in third year.
  • Provision of aptitude tests.

Vocational Guidance: The Guidance and Counselling service aids students in exploring their future vocational path. Guidance classes are provided to students at junior and senior cycle. The following topics are investigated:

  • Choosing a career path and options available after school.
  • Explaining third level application procedures.
  • Career Investigation
  • Organising seminars and guest speakers on career choice.
  • Encourage student attendance at career exhibitions and open days
  • Individual appointments on future vocational paths.

Personal and Social Guidance:

Alongside the Year Head and Class Tutors the Guidance and Counselling service helps students to develop both personally and socially. This is achieved through both classroom and individual contact.

The Guidance Counsellor may:

  • Help you to explore your own feelings about your present life situation.
  • Explore with you the choices open to you and explore the consequences of each choice.
  • Refer you to qualified helpers outside the school system should this be necessary.

During the school year the School Guidance Counsellor may wish to see your son/daughter for individual educational, vocational, personal and social guidance.

Parents are always welcome to contact the Guidance Counsellor.

Please contact Mrs Schous our Guidance Counsellor for further details.

Bus Éireann – Apprenticeship

Bus Éireann, the national bus company and Dublin Bus, which operates bus services in the greater Dublin Area are now seeking to recruit apprentice heavy vehicle mechanics in the following locations:

Athlone Ballina Cork Dublin
Galway Limerick Longford Sligo
Stranorlar Thurles Tralee Waterford


Our apprentices are trained to the highest possible technical standards and acquire, amongst many other skills, the ability to maintain the various systems associated with modern public service vehicles. This is a hands-on practical technical education programme which leads to a QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate that will give you skills you can take anywhere in the world. If you want to drive your career forward check it out today.

Placements will commence in Autumn 2019 and applicants must be at least 16 years of age, on or before the 1st August, 2019. Each candidate will be required to undertake aptitude tests and the results will be used to compile a shortlist for interview purposes.

Apply online from 1 to 31 March 2019.

Aircraft Maintenance & Engineering Apprenticeship 2019 - Dublin

Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland · Engineering

Ryanair is currently recruiting for candidates to join their 2019 Aircraft Maintenance and Engineering Apprenticeship.

This is a structured 4 year program including both hands on and classroom based learning in conjunction with SOLAS and DIT. You will need to commit to 4 years of studying hard for your B1 or B2 modules, which are intense and do take dedication. Upon successful completion of this program, you will qualify for an EASA Part 66 Aircraft Maintenance Licence.

Based in Dublin, you will be working with highly experienced aircraft engineers in one of our biggest engineering hangars responsible for providing engineering maintenance to our fleet of over 460 Boeing 737-800 aircraft. You will also gain experience in airframe and avionics and in pre-into service checks completed on our new aircraft deliveries from Boeing as we continue to grow our fleet to over 585 aircraft by 2024. This is an excellent opportunity for successful candidates to work in an exciting, vibrant industry and obtain a recognised qualification in aircraft maintenance.

You will also be required to spend 9 months in Shannon as part of the apprenticeship for classroom based learning.

Personal Skills & Qualities

  • The desire to work with your hands
  • Keen interest in the Aviation industry
  • Ability to be accurate and have a strong sense of responsibility
  • Natural aptitude for problem-solving
  • Strong practical skills - the ability to look at in dept diagrams and analyse technical information
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and teamwork skills


  • Excellent English – both written and verbal
  • Ability to pass a full security background check
  • Strong mechanical and technical aptitude
  • Eligibility to live and work in Ireland
  • Ability to work under pressure in a fast paced environment

Atlantic Aviation Group

Atlantic Aviation Group's Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Apprenticeship will be accepting online applications via our website on March 27th, 2019 

Visit our website for details on the apprenticeship and candidate requirements -

#AircraftMaintenance #AircraftMaintenanceEngineer #Aviation#AviationCareers #EASAQualification

Lufthansa Technik Shannon

are delighted to announce the dates of our LCETB Aircraft Maintenance Courses for 2019.

1. CAT A License Aircraft Maintenance Technician
Start Date: 15th April 2019
2. Aircraft Structures Technician Traineeship
Start Date: 12th August 2019
3. CAT A License Aircraft Maintenance Technician
Start Date 23rd September 2019
4. Aircraft Structures Technician Traineeship
Start Date: 25th November 2019

Please Contact :Deirdre Aherne
Course Recruitment Officer for application forms.
Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board
Further Education and Training Centre
Shannon Campus, Bay 114/115, Industrial Estate, Shannon, Co Clare V14 CR63
DDI: +353 (0)61 706106

A CAO Checklist For February 1st Deadline

As the deadline for CAO applications looms, here is a quick guide for you 

Deadline for CAO 2019 is February 1st at 5.15pm.

Here are five things to keep in mind as you fill out your form:

Tip 1: Get the order right
Choose courses in your genuine order of preference, based on your own career aspirations Jot the answers to the following questions down; What area would you like to work in? Do you like working with people, outdoors/indoors? What is your favourite Leaving Cert subject? What are your strengths and areas for improvement?

Tip 2: Do your Research
It is vital that you understand the course content in your selected course. Examine the subjects/modules you’ll actually be studying. Too often, students select a course which looks appealing on paper – only to find the course material is very different to what they had originally imagined.

Tip 3: Don’t guess what points you will get
Place your courses in order of preference on the form. Picture the CAO form as your wish list. Never list your choices in points order. Points levels change from year to year due to supply and demand for places. The points levels for the coming academic year cannot be predicted and past points levels are given as a general guide only. Bear in mind that a course’s points level is not necessarily an accurate reflection of its quality.

Tip 4: Check the Entry Requirements 
Make sure you reach all the entry requirements and have taken the required subjects at the appropriate level.

Tip 5: Talk it over
Consult with the key people in your life e.g. your parents/guardians, guidance counsellor, partner. A meaningful conversation is a good way to help clarify thoughts and decisions.

Key dates:

  • January 20th
    The closing date for the CAO early-bird online applications. A fee of €30 applies before this date. It increases to €45 until February 1st.
  • February 1st  (5.15pm)
    Main deadline for CAO applications. Standard fee of €45 applies
  • May 1st
    Closing Date for Late CAO Applications. €60 fee applies
  • May 5th
    Change of Mind facility opens – No fee
  • July 1st (5:15pm)
    Change of Mind deadline. Final date for amending your choices and order of preferences on all applications.

For more information, visit

Apprenticeships in ESB Networks

Are you interested in working in a challenging environment?

The ESB Network Apprenticeship Programme offers you the chance to build your skills and experience in Ireland's leading energy company. The programme offers on the job learning as well as classroom based learning, and will be supported as part of a high performing team.You will benefit from varied work experience, working both indoors and outdoors, wherever electricity is used. Over four years you will learn a variety of electrical and practical skills and you will obtain an internationally recognised QQI Advanced Level 6 Electrical Trade Certificate and be eligible for essential roles in a world class utility company.

Applications for the 2019 ESB Networks Apprenticeship Programme will open on Monday 18th February 2019. Check back here for the link to apply.

Educational Requirements 

Entry Requirements Red



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University of Limerick

Their next open day takes place on 12th January 2019.  Please register with the attached link


Saturday 19th January 2019 is the designated clinic date for application and advice clinics around the country. Our local one is Limerick: University of Limerick. Intending applicants are invited to drop by anytime between 10.00 am and 2.00 pm and talk to DARE and HEAR advisors about your application.


Apply online by the 20th of January to avail of the discount application fee of €30


Any 5th Year student who is eligible for an exemption from either Irish or a third language, or both, who wishes to apply to one of the colleges of NUI, must download an exemption form from, complete it and return it.  Failure to do this may result in a student not receiving their preferred offer on CAO.


LCFE application process for September 2019 entry is now open. Apply online at Their open day will take place on THURSDAY 24th January 2019


Last day for UCAS applications is TUESDAY the 15th Jnauary any student who has not completed their applcation please contact Mrs Schous immediately 

2019 ESB Apprenticeships

The ESB is expected to open applications for apprentices again in late January / start of February 2019. Once open, candidates will be able to apply through the ESB website.


SUSI usually opens for applications at the beginning of April every year. More information can be found at . Students and parents/ guardians should carry out the “eligibility reckoner” on the SUSI website to ascertain if they think they may be entitled to a grant or not.

The 2018 Application facility will be available from Monday, 5th of November at 12:00.

Register on the CAO system in advance of the closing date to obtain your CAO application number

Go online at and click on ‘Apply’.

Students are encouraged to register as early as possible in order to be familiar with the system. Students who apply online before 5.15pm on 20th January 2019 may avail of the discounted application fee of €30. Students are reminded that you may download for free the CAO APP which is a very helpful resource. This is available for free on Apple and Android devices.


Any 5th Year student who is eligible for an exemption from either Irish or a third language, or both, who wishes to apply to one of the colleges of NUI, must download an exemption form from, complete it and return it.  Failure to do this may result in a student not receiving their preferred offer on CAO.

UCAS DEADLINE This is a very important reminder to any 5th Year student who is interested in applying to UCAS to study Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary or study in Oxford or Cambridge.  The above courses and colleges have a deadline of October 15th 2018 for entry in 2019.   Any student who is interested in applying to another faculty area or college in the UK must speak to Ms Schous ASAP in relation to their application.

If students want to study in Northern Ireland, England, Scotland or Wales- they have to apply to UCAS. They will need to write a personal statement which I can give them guidelines on- but they must write their own. Additionally, they will have to get a written reference from their guidance counsellor who asks their teachers for predicted grades. Students need to bear in mind the cost of travelling to the UK- even in the application phase where they may be invited for interview.,

Applying to college in Europe, particularly the Netherlands is becoming a growing attraction for Irish students. Students must register on where an expert called Guy Flouch will guide them in the courses available and application process.



All 4th and 5th  Year students are advised to sign up to the Careers News website.  You will receive daily emails with relevant links to up-to-date careers news. Simply log on to, click on the sign up to newsletter tab at the top of the page and complete the necessary information.  You can also follow ‘Careers and Education news’ on Facebook and on Twitter



All LC students are being scheduled for their individual Guidance appoinment with Mrs Schous. Please ensure that you have made your appointment and that if you cannot attended please swap with another student.



Students from 4th, 5th  Year are encouraged to attend Open Days of Universities and Colleges that they are interested in on Saturdays where possible. A full list of dates for these events is available on, each institution’s website and on


CAO Applications

CAO Applications may be made online from 5th November at 12 noon. Students are encouraged to register as early as possible in order to be familiar with the system. The courses that you select now can be amended up to 31st January for no extra charge and students who apply online before 5.15pm on 20th January 2019 may avail of the discounted application fee of €30. Students are reminded that you may download for free the CAO APP which is a very helpful resource. This is available for free on Apple and Android devices.



Applicants with a disability or specific learning difficulty will be able to complete their own section of the SIF when they apply online. Applicants who wish to be considered for the Disability Access Route to Education (DARE) scheme must complete this form and indicate on the form that they wish to be considered for DARE. They will then print the sections to be completed by the school and by a consultant and return these to CAO. Please see the CAO handbook for details. A guide and instructions will be available on the CAO website in November.


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