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Analytical Chemist

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Science is a fascinating subject and you truly have to immerse yourself in it. When you do the rewards are fantastic. It is of course a tough subject but once complete you learn how to solve many problems yourself.
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Getting Involved

To register your school in the Tourism Awareness Programme, download the application form, and send the completed form to Fáilte Ireland before Easter in the year prior to running the programme.

You must fill in the details on the form, sign it yourself, and get your principal to sign it too. Then post or fax the form to Fáilte Ireland.

To download a Programme Registration Form click here

Assessment of TAP

It was proposed that the Tourism Awareness Transition Year Programme should be assessed by a portfolio of course work. This document suggests what this portfolio could include, and what weight might be given to each element.

View sample assessments

Work Experience

Work experience in a tourism operation is an optional part of the programme, allowing students the opportunity to observe tourism professionals in the workplace. Inputs from industry practitioners are a recommended feature of the programme.

As a guideline for those school students  working part-time or on their holidays in the Irish tourism industry. The Code of Practice below explains the standards that employees should live up to, and the treatment that they are entitled to expect from their employers.

Click here to see the Code of Practice

 Competitions

Students on the Tourism Awareness Programme are eligible to enter two International awards. Prizes include money and a trip to an international conference.

Click here for details of Student competitions