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.
The programmes on offer include:-
|Basic Literacy and Numeracy|
|QQI Levels 1 to 5|
|Leaving Certificate Applied|
|Back to Education Initiative,(BTEI)|
|Fastrack Information Technology,(FIT)|
|Personal and Social Development|
|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.
Youthreach is funded by the Department of Education and Skills and the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment with the assistance of the European Social Fund.