Dun Laoghaire Community Training Centre CLG was established in August 1985 to address the acute problems facing early school leavers in the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County area, resulting from educational disadvantage, social exclusion and poverty, by providing an essential ‘second chance’ educational and training facility.

Commencing with 30 young people, the CTC has met with great successes over the years. Today, the centre provides educational and vocational training programmes to 65 young people, according to their individual needs and career aspirations.



All our programmes are accredited by QQI and lead to the following Major Level 3 and 4 Awards:

Employability Skills 3M0935
Science and Engineering 3M0829 (Pre Apprenticeship)
Pathway to Employment (General Learning) 4M2010
Early Childhood Education and Care Support 4M2014

The CTC also provides additional supports, including Literacy and Numeracy, Career Guidance and Advocacy, Counselling, Preparation for Employment and special inputs including the An Gaisce Award and Youth Activity Challenge.

Courses Include:

  • Catering and Hospitality, Industrial Skills, Pre Apprenticeship, Information
  • Technology Hair care and Beauty Therapy, Childcare, Bridging/Work Experience


Case Study – Laura Finnegan

Laura Finnegan was 17 years old when she joined the training centre in 2009. However, due to personal circumstances, Laura left the CTC for 6 months and on her return she re-joined the IT programme to complete her major award at level 4 in General Learning, where she obtained distinctions across all her modules. To further her education at the centre she continued on to study Early Childhood Education at level 5 where she was also awarded a distinction. Laura went on to attend Dun Laoghaire College of Further Education where she studied Business Studies at Level 5 where she graduated a year later with a distinction, and then continued on to Sallynoggin College of Further Education where she studied Fashion Industry Practice at Level 6 and graduated with a distinction yet again. During this time Laura worked part time for Assets Model Agency as a Booking Consultant and then went on to do her PR and Marketing Internship with Kaarora Cosmetics. Following this Laura joined Lidl as an Assistant Manager, and a year later she joined Ted Baker where she has worked for the last three years in Brown Thomas as a Dual Site Assistant Manager. As an early school leaver, Laura acknowledges her success to the support and encouragement that the training centre gave her.


Dun Laoghaire Community Training Centre CLG.
DLCTC, 41a, York Road, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin, A96WD34.
Gerry O Shea Ph. 012741194 (Email gerryoshea@DLCTC.ie Website www.DLCTC.ie)