Youthreach programmes cater for 15-20 year old early school leavers, with little or no qualifications and for priority target groups as set down by the Department of Education and Skills, from time to time. The course subjects are learner-centred and experimental with a strong emphasis on achievement and on developing the capacities of the participants. The programmes seek to promote the participants sense of self-worth and identity as well as a pride in their abilities and work. Youthreach is co-funded by the Irish Government, the European Social Fund and the Youth Employment Initiative as part of the ESF Programme for Employability Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020

The programmes on offer include:-


Basic Literacy and Numeracy
QQI Levels 1 to 5
Junior Certificate
Leaving Certificate Applied
Back to Education Initiative,(BTEI)
Fastrack Information Technology,(FIT)
Personal and Social Development
Summer Programmes
Advocacy, Support and Guidance


A Training Allowance is paid to those attending. 11 Youthreach Centres operate under the aegis of the Cork Education & Training Board. Programmes operate five days per week throughout the academic year. A summer Programme is also provided focusing on the personal and social development of the student.


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Ballincollig QQI Woodwork students decided to manufacture fairy doors for the Regional Park in Ballincollig to meet a community need – a kids’ Fairy Trail for local kids’ enjoyment. The students researched, designed, manufactured and presented the completed ‘fairy scenes’ and doors to Pat Clarke, Ballincollig Tidy Towns


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