About the event

Inspire and Inform

TYTalks21 is an exciting new virtual event that has been created for all Transition Year students in Ireland. The event is designed to inspire and motivate students for the future of work.

Post-Covid, TY students will need to move forward with their education and career choices. The team at Ibec has partnered with the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principles (NAPD) to create a half-day immersive event for all of Ireland’s 45,000 TY students. The event will give insight into the world of work, the skills of the future, different career pathways and so much more.

Listen to futurists, business minds, educators, young leaders, and entrepreneurs. There will be a virtual Expo area showcasing learning and skills partners, an industries discovery zone and enjoy a fun scavenger hunt for cool prizes.

How to Register Your Students:

Steps to getting your school registered and attending on the day:

Register your school: We are asking for a nominal contribution of €250 per school, where possible, to cover the cost of the event.

Receive your school passcode: Ibec will email you your school passcode once registered. Use this code to access the platform to register your student's email addresses.

Register your students: Click on the ‘Register your TY students’ button located at top of this page and select your school, then upload your students’ email addresses by uploading a CSV file. Don’t forget to include your own teacher's email address.

Log-in with email address to attend: Students need to click on the ‘log-in’ button located on the top of this page and enter their email address to enter the event platform.


Any queries please contact: events@ibec.ie

Check if your school has registered here.


Agenda to be confirmed - Watch this space


Event Platform Opens for students to explore Expo Hall

Session 1 - Designing Your Future


Welcome address

Sharon Higgins, Ibec Director of Member Services and Michael Cregan, President NAPD


Hello and scene setting for the day

Jaz and Laura from SPIN 1038 - The Zoo Crew


What Skills are Employers Really Looking For?

Steven Duggan, Vice President of Terawe


You Are The Designers of Your Future

Barry Winkless, CSO Cpl & Head of the Future of Work Institute


Explore the Expo

Session 2 - The World of Work - The Movers and Shakers


Opening remarks from Jaz & Laura

Panel Interviews conducted by Harry McCann, award winning entrepreneur and journalist


Career Advice and insights from industry leaders

Caroline Healy, Director of Employee & Labour Relations, Medtronic Mike Beary, Country Manager, AWS Ireland, and Director of HR, AWS Europe, Middle East & Africa


Entrepreneurship and the bright ideas

Nora Twomey, Partner & Creative Director Cartoon Saloon

Fiona Edwards Murphy, CEO ApisProtect


Explore the Expo

Session 3 - Find Your Education Pathways


Opening remarks from Jaz & Laura


Diversity & Inclusion

Courtney McGrath, TCD
Panel Interview conducted by Harry McCann, award winning entrepreneur and journalist


Education Pathways

Alpha Ike, Maynooth University
Lorraine Tansey, Student Volunteer Coordinator at the Institute for Lifecourse and Society
Laura McGennis, Apprentice with Helsinn Birex Pharmaceuticals


Explore the Expo

Session 4 - Life Skills for Success


Opening remarks from Jaz & Laura


The Value of Soft Skills

Vice Admiral Mark Mellett, Chief of Staff of the Irish Defence Forces


The Art of Being a Brilliant Teenager

Andy Cope, Dr Happiness


Closing thoughts from Jaz and Laura

Please continue to explore the Expo and all information in Expo and Speaker sessions will stay live for 90 days

Frequently Asked Questions

To register your school so all your TY students can attend this event, please click SCHOOLS REGISTER HERE
For schools that have registered, please click on the “Register Your TY Students Here” button at the top of this webpage. You will need your TYTalks password that has been emailed to you by Ibec when you registered your school. Just select your school and upload your students email addresses (you can upload a csv file). Don’t forget to include your own teacher email address!
On the 5th May there will be a LOG IN button on this web site, and students simply need to enter their email address to gain access to the platform and enjoy the event.
Any queries please contact: events@ibec.ie
Once your school has registered you will gain access on the day using your own email address.
You will need access to wifi to access the event.
The organisers are asking for a nominal contribution where possible of €250 per school to cover the cost of the event.
Once the school is registered, all students will have individual access to the event.
It is anticipated that teachers will stream the plenary sessions in classrooms, and students will use their own devices to access the platform to explore the Expo area & Scavenger Hunt (for prizes!).
Any students not in school can of course access from home.
It is therefore advised that all students bring their own devices into school if possible. All students will have individual access.
Yes. You can add the documents to your swagbag and email yourself.
Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox, and Edge.
The event and content will stay live for 90 days post event. You will be able to view the plenary sessions, download videos and PDFs from all exhibitors in the exhibition hall.


Media Partners

Business Partners

Learning and Skills Partners