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Featured Third Level Partnerships

ATU Sligo

ATU Sligo’s partnership with Specialisterne Ireland has been a refreshing experience and has been life changing for our neurodivergent students. The team in Specialisterne Ireland are clearly motivated by student success. They are so easy to work with, being flexible no matter what the student need is.

Specialisterne Ireland run a range of programmes for our students at different points in the year to suit all stages and needs (e.g. CV writing and interview prep or placement preparation skills). The feedback from students is always positive, and we have been able to watch them progress and transition out of university to the world of work.

Dr. Shelley Brady
Disability Officer, ATU Sligo

IT Carlow

“Engage, learn, innovate, lead”.

IT Carlow is the fourth largest Institute of 14 Institutes of Technology in the country with approximately 7000 students. IT Carlow provides courses in Business, Sport Media and Marketing, Humanities, Science and Health, Computing and Aerospace, Mechanical & Electronic Engineering.

On Completion of the Specialisterne Ireland Intensive Interview Skills Programme in 2019 100% of students were successful in gaining industry relevant placements. In 2020, we have implemented our programme with a further 10 students.

As for my sessions with Noreen and Adie I found them extremely helpful.
They provided with a great deal of skills and experience with taking interviews that were an incredible help whilst looking for an interview and during the actual interview itself. They provided me with a number of competencies to talk about and prepared me very well for most situations that come up in an interview.

Emmett Byrne
IT Carlow student

Specialisterne’s support for our students on the autism spectrum and those with similar challenges, has been life-changing for the students. Students were struggling to succeed in placement selection processes, which was very stressful for them. Through the Specialisterne interventions, the students were successful in navigating the various selection processes and all were placed.

Since their placement they have been successful in securing Graduate positions, including a number of them being “flipped” at the end of their placements. Their transformation was remarkable in particular observing the growth in their confidence and skills.

Judy Murphy
Careers Advisor, IT Carlow


DCU is now ranked in the top 300 universities in the world for both ‘arts and humanities’ and ‘social sciences. DCU currently has over 3,600 Current students and offers;

  • 12 Undergraduate programmes
  • 26 Postgraduate programmes
  • 14 designated research centres
  • 7 research programmes


The university offers courses in Education, Business, Science and Health, Engineering and Computing and Humanities and Social Sciences.


Specialisterne Ireland completed in-depth groundwork with DCU before working with and mentoring our students to prepare them for future interviews. Their approach with DCU staff and students is consistency, active listening, clear communication, and flexibility. Specialisterne focuses on the ability of each autistic student in DCU and their commitment to an all-inclusive workforce is unquestionable.

Fiona Earley
Autism Friendly University Coordinator, DCU

National College of Ireland

“To change lives through education.”

The National College of Ireland caters for approximately 5,000 students at present with a range of full-time/part-time, undergraduate/postgraduate, Springboard+ and Apprenticeship courses. The college offers these courses in a wide range of areas including Finance, Business, Management, IT, Human Resource Management and Social Sciences.

The Careers Team were delighted to work with Specialisterne this semester. Noreen, Adie and the whole team were so responsive, positive and enthusiastic that we in turn have become much greater advocates. Noreen and the team met with recent graduates and students both on campus and onsite at Specialisterne. They came onsite weekly for 8 weeks to meet and support 9 final year students and provided them with 8 individual mock interview sessions which were very positively received. They also worked to support placement students and we were delighted when they secured one of our computing students a 6-month IT placement in with a global insurance company. Thank you so much – we look forward to continuing and strengthening our relationship with Specialisterne!

NCI Careers Team


National College of Ireland is delighted to work with Specialisterne Ireland as an important element of our drive to make our institution Autism friendly and to improve the learning journey of all our students. We have been very grateful for the proactive support and encouragement of all the team at Specialisterne. We have found them to have a clear way of working and a real commitment to all the students and we look forward to continuing to build with them.

Robert Ward
Director of Marketing, NCI


Working with the team at Specialisterne has been an absolute pleasure. They have been fantastic from start to finish and the feedback from the students has been so positive. The students have said they feel empowered and supported by Specialisterne and for many it has given them the confidence to apply for roles they would have previously never considered.

Teaching and Learning Team, NCI

Coláiste Dhúlaigh

Coláiste Dhúlaigh College of Further Education (CDCFE) offers Post Leaving Certificate (PLC) Courses at QQI level 5 and 6 and at Higher National Diploma in a wide range of disciplines.

Most of their courses lead to entry to Universities and Institutes of Technology with some courses gaining entry to second year.

Coláiste Dhúlaigh offers courses in Architectural Design and Technology, Art and Design, Craft Productions, Entrepreneurship in Creative Industries, Fashion Design, Graphic Design and many more.


Specialisterne have helped our students find and fulfil their potential in the workplace.
They are an extremely professional and kind group who nurture and prepare our students to a very high standard.

Ann Kennedy
Coláiste Dhúlaigh