Transition Year Programme

IBTS Transition Year Application

Description of programme:

The IBTS is the national organisation with sole responsibility for the collection, processing, testing and distribution of blood and blood products in Ireland. Our Transition Year Programme has been tailored especially to learning needs of Transition Year students. Students will enjoy a week of work experience within the IBTS learning the basics of blood grouping and the vein to vein chain from blood donation to transfusion. Throughout the week, students will discover what it’s like to work in the IBTS and spend time with experts across the organisation such as Medical Scientists, Medical Doctors, Nurses, Finance and HR to name a few. A detailed
programme will be provided to successful applicants closer to the dates.

Overall we aim to encourage students to become advocates for blood donation, fostering a sense of altruism, compassion, and inspire them to work in the exciting fields of blood and cellular therapies.

Course details

Delivery: Taught. The students complete the course at the National Blood Centre, Dublin 8.
Duration: Approx. 5 hours per day (Mon-Fri)
Frequency: Twice annually.
Dates: 6th -10th of November 2023 and 13th -17th of May 2024.
Assessment: At the end of the programme, each student will deliver a presentation, to showcase the talents and skills that they have learnt.
Completion certificates: Presented to students by Executive Management


The IBTS TY programme is open to everyone in TY year. Students must be staying within travelling distance of the National Blood Centre at St James’s Hospital Campus, Dublin for the duration of the course.

Applications for academic year 2023/2024 are now closed

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