If you have left school early and are interested in developing your skills further, we have a wide range of courses available to help you reap the benefits of improving your skills. There are 35 community training centres around Ireland. Each centre offers a wide range of both QQI level 3 and level 4 courses plus other options.

CTCs offer a flexible and tailor-made programs of integrated general education, vocational training and work experience. Learners are helped set personal and learning goals that increase their self-esteem, skills, knowledge and employability. Essential course elements include Personal and Social Development, a choice of Vocational Skills and Communications Skills including Literacy and Numeracy.

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Working with Young People

CTCs put the individual young person and their particular needs at the centre of all their activities. They do this by:
  • Providing a participant led centre where each person is treated as a unique individual and where regular open and frank feedback is given on his or her progress;
  • Providing learning opportunities that determined by the needs of the person rather than time or programme based;
  • Creating a learning environment which is safe, structured and challenging;
  • Providing programmes that focus on helping the young person become more independent while also helping him or her become more fully integrated within their local community;
  • Helping each individual to explore their needs and potential and then working with him or her in an holistic and sensitive manner across all aspects of their daily living;
  • Proving a team approach to learning within a curricular matrix in which each member of staff is implementing a range of cross-disciplinary curricular objectives;
  • Providing a learning environment where the multi-disciplinary staff encourage and facilitate learners to avail of in-house and external opportunities for self advancement;

CTC Training Programmes

CTC training programs are so designed that they facilitate young people to:
  • Return to learning and help them prepare for employment and adult life;
  • Continue their personal and social development;
  • Focus on areas and activities where he or she can experience and build on success;
  • Promote a positive attitude to his or her life long learning, personal independence and responsibilities, active citizenship and social inclusion;
  • Ultimately, to provide them with the skills, knowledge and competencies required whereby he or she can to get a secure foothold in the active Labour market and compete for work, in work and out of work.
Each learner is offered a personalised and supported program that includes:
  • An initial identification of  previous achievements, current needs, interests and capacities. This process begins once the person joins a CTC
  • Identifying, agreeing and setting individual learning plans and goals to include personal development and ongoing exploration between the learner and CTC staff
  • Assigning a member of the CTC staff to the learner as his or her Key Worker or Mentor
  • Provision of an initial  induction to or sampling of general vocational skills
  • An offer of learning modules that enable him or her to achieve their goals
  • Regular reviews between the learner and the Key Worker during which the learner can receive positive feedback and negotiate adjustments to his or her learning program
  • Opportunities to gain National Certification in one or a number of areas
  • Support in periods of suitable and complementary work experience or work based learning on an employers premises that furthers his or her career and learning goals
  • Continuation of their literacy, numeracy and communication skills related to life and work.
  • Support from CTC staff for a period of at least 6 months after formal training in the Centre is completed to help him or her adjust to life and opportunities in the workplace or further learning placement.

Certification in CTCs

  • CTCs offer various QQI major awards at level 3 and at level 4 which are designed to meet the training needs of the learners.
  • CTC’s also provide certification for learners who may want to progress to higher levels.
  • New major awards, at levels 3 and 4, are being developed in line with the Government Skills Strategy ,with the involvement of both staff and management.
  • Each award comprises a number of modules which the learner can achieve at their own pace and accumulate over time towards one of the QQI major awards.
  • The flexible format of the awards allows for a program of learning specifically designed to address the learning needs of the individual learner.
  • In addition, many CTCs offer modules leading to the Junior Certificate and Applied Leaving Certificate.