LCVP Programme The Leaving Cert Vocational Programme is a two year Programme which focuses on the vocational aspect of the Leaving Cert. It is an enhanced Leaving Cert as it combines the academic strengths of the established Leaving Cert with a focus on self-directed learning, innovation and enterprise
Programme Requirements for students taking Leaving Certificate Examination from 2004 onwards
· At least five Leaving Certificate subjects plus the Link Modules, one of which must be Irish
· Two of the above subjects must be selected from one of the designated Vocational Subject Groupings
· A recognised course in a Modern European Language other than Irish or English.
· Two Link Modules: Preparation for the World of Work and Enterprise Education.
Link Module I – Preparation for the World of Work
Students will research and investigate local employment opportunities, develop job seeking skills such as letter writing, CV presentation, interview techniques; gain valuable practical experience of the world of work; interview and work shadow a person in a career area that interests them
Link Module II – Enterprise Education
Students will be involved in organising visits to local business and community enterprises; meet and interview enterprising people on site and in the classroom; plan and undertake interesting activities that will build self–confidence, creativity, and initiative and develop teamwork, communication and computer skills.
Typical LCVP activities
· Students work in groups to set up and run mini companies. They are responsible for deciding on the product, conducting market research, managing their budget, advertising and sales. · Fifth year students organise one week of work experience in a career area which is of interest to them. · Speakers from voluntary, community and business organisations come to speak to the students. We have had speakers from St. John of God, Arlington Lodge, ADAPT, FEXCO, Lee Strand and Kerry Enterprise Board as well as some local entrepreneurs who provide students with an insight into enterprise in their local community. · Students regularly use Information and Communications Technology to access, store, communicate and present information. · Career Investigation- LCVP students investigate careers which are of interest to them. · Visiting local enterprise in sixth year- previously we have visited Lee Strand, FEXCO, Brian de Staic, Murphy’s Ice cream, Louis Mulcahy pottery and the Kerry Technology Park.
LCVP students follow the same subject syllabi and are assessed in the same way as their peers in the Leaving Certificate. For the Link Modules they are assessed by Written Examination (40%) and by Portfolio of Coursework (60%). The written examination takes place in May of the Leaving Certificate Year. The examination is two and a half hours.
LCVP TRIP TO LEE STRAND
The 6th year LCVP students spent time in Lee Strand on Thursday 9th of November. Thanks to Ms. Boyle and Mr. Hartnett for accompanying the students.
In the last few weeks 5th year LCVP students were very busy carrying out research in our town. They visited the Local Museum and were addressed by the Education Officer on the Medieval town of Tralee. Every student got an information sheet on the old town of Tralee and comparisons were made with present day developments in the town
5th Year LCVP students will also host the annual Trade Fair on Friday the 18th of November. All first years will be invited to attend this event on Friday morning. Sweets and treats will be for sale on Friday.
6th Year LCVP students also visited Lee Strand as part of the Community Enterprise Module. They were addressed by Teresa Walker the Marketing Manager of Lee Strand. She spoke to them about the origins of the company and their successful marketing strategies which include sponsoring the local community and hosting a number of high profile events.
LEE STRAND TRIP- 12TH NOVEMBER 2015
6th year students visited Lee Strand as part of their LCVP program on Thursday 12th of November. Thanks to Ms. Moore for accompanying them on the trip.
4th NOVEMBER 2015
This is a very busy time of year for LCVP students. They have been involved in a number of activities over the last few weeks.
Fifth years are presently investigating My Own Place involving a visit to Tralee town to identify the businesses in the centre of town and write a report on their findings. They also visited the historical section of the Library. Mike Lynch gave them a presentation on the history of the town. Students analysed old maps, jail records and newspaper articles. Comparisons will be made between the present day Tralee and the old town. Students have also had a visit from Melanie Harty of Hartys Food - a local business whose jellies have become a household name. Melanie discussed the benefits of owning your own business and identified ways of marketing their product for the Christmas Trade Fair.
In the coming weeks, the class will have a visit from the Tralee Tidy Towns organisation. This voluntary organisation will inform students on the importance of respecting their town and their surrounding area. It is hoped that students will become aware of their own local area and look at ways of contributing to the clean up of their area.
A visit to the Kerry Museum is also planned to make a further comparison between present day Tralee and the old Town.
Sixth year students are presently doing the career investigation.
They have had a visit from local business woman Mary O'Donnell who discussed the training required to be a beautician. Mary has also developed her career by doing radio and TV slots to highlight her business. Students interested in this career were able to ask questions regarding courses and opportunities in this area. Students and their lecturer from the hotel catering and management course in the I T Tralee have also visited the students to give them an insight into the course and the areas of study. As some students are investigating this career it gave them first hand information on the course. Further visits from the business departments of the IT are also planned for the coming weeks.
- Sixth year LCVP students visited Lee Strand and the Kerry Education and Training Board on Thursday,November 6th. The girls were given a tour of the Lee Strand milk processing plant as well as a very informative talk on the history and the profile of this important local enterprise. Many thanks to Theresa in Lee Strand for facilitating the visit.
- The girls also visited the Kerry Education and Training Board in Monavalley. The students received an overview of the courses available as well as an opportunity to speak with course tutors in areas of interest for the girls
The fifth year LCVP students invited Deirdre Power a local entrepreneur to the classroom to talk about her company "Cupcakes by Dee." Deirdre also suggested products which would be suitable for the French market which was to be held in October.
Fifth Year LCVP students organised and ran a French Market for the first year students. A variety of products were available to purchase including hot chocolate, crepes and eclairs. The market was a great success for all involved!!
November 2012. Sixth Year LCVP students visited Lee Strand. This was a follow up activity on a visit by Theresa Higgins Walker, Marketing Manager of Lee Strand, to the group in fifth year. Students got a tour of the factory and had an opportunity to visit the production line and the testing lab. Students also visited the Kerry Technology Park. They got an overview of the companies in the Park as well as a chance to visit some of the businesses who base their operations there.
February 2013. Fifth Year students participated in a week of work experience in local organisations.
April 2013 Fifth Years invited Fiona Leahy from the Kerry County Enterprise Board to speak to the class on supports that are available to local business.
Our 5th year LCVP students participated in the National Spring Clean initiative on the 18th April. Students helped to 'spring clean' in the town park adjoining the school and in particular ensuring the playground area was clean and tidy for children at play!