Education & Training

Limerick Youth Service delivers a variety of educational & training courses & programmes  for young people (16-21yrs) at our Community Training Centre, Lwr. Glentworth St, Limerick & other youth spaces.

The courses are aimed, though not necessarily at for young people who, for a number of reasons may have left school early.

All projects include a balance of practical and academic studies and delivered in a supportive & vibrant environment.

Learners also participate in periods of work experience & in youth work programmes.

To apply for a course please complete the following form:  LYS Referral Form for Training Progs

Completed forms can be returned via email, post or dropped into:

FAO: Community Training Centre, Limerick Youth Service, 5 Lwr. Glentworth St, Limerick V94 YF95

QQI Level 3 with content to be updated

This award winning two year course equips trainees (16-21yrs) with the skills in both bread making and flour confectionery with trainees progressing to employment and/or further education/training.

On graduating from the course a trainee will receive the following:

  • Certificate in Baking Industries Skills (after 1 year)
  • Diploma in Proficiency in Baking Industry Skills (QQI Level 4) (On completing two years)

Trainees have also taken part in competitions & enjoyed great success at the ABST Conference in England.

LYS's Victorious Bakery Team 2016

LYS’s Victorious Bakery Team 2016

As a member of the ABST, they are invited to an annual conference to compete in bakery competitions against other students in the UK &Ireland, while they also attend classes & demonstrations delivered by leading industry professionals.

This experience offers young people a chance to network learn new skills and have fun!

Sample the Treats?

The breads & tasty treats, including custom made cakes, are available at our Deli Siopa, located at our Community Training Centre, with sandwiches, soup, tea & coffee also available.

Opening hours

Monday to Thursday, 10:00-14:00hrs & Fridays 10:00-12:00hrs*

*Hours subject to change

Retail Skills Course

The Retails Skills Course (QQI Level 4) enables learners to acquire the relevant knowledge, skill and competence to work effectively in the retail sector with progression options to further education or training.

On course completion learners will:

  • Demonstrate a range of knowledge related retail practice
  • Have knowledge of basic concepts and legal obligations relating to retail practices including merchandising, stock control and sales
  • Demonstrate a range of techniques and procedures utilized in the retail sector
  • Have the ability to apply retail skills, techniques and procedures while operating within a supervised retail environment
  • Be competent to participate effectively and safely in a retail environment
  • Partake in a minimum of four weeks work experience
  • Have engaged with industry support services, industry leaders and availed of workplace visits

The subject areas include:

  • Communications
  • Customer Service
  • Retail Sales Techniques
  • Work Experience
  • Teamwork
  • Computer Application
  • Information Technology Skills
  • Workplace Safety

The course is delivered in a supportive environment at LYS’s Community Training Centre, Lr. Glentworth St, Limerick where leaners can take part in extra-curricular activities that will enhance their social and personal development.

Course Duration:             One Year

Fast Foods, Kitchen & Restaurant Skills 

Our fast foods & kitchen departments provide great home produced foods that are available in our Paradise Restaurant or front house Deli Siopa.

Our fast foods & kitchen modules equip learners with the relevant knowledge, skill and competence to work in the food industry.

The day is divided between the kitchen, fast foods, bakery and classroom projects, where the learners study maths, communications and personal effectiveness in addition to other courses.

On completion of the modules learners are presented with FETAC Certificates Level 3-4 and can progress to further education and/or employment.

Limerick Youth Service’s Early Childhood Education and Care Support Course is a two year QQI Level 4 course that equips learners with the skills necessary to pursue a career and further study in the Childcare profession.

On enrolling students study four modules: Communications, Child Development, Information Technology and Work Experience

The child development part of the course is based around portfolio work and their work experience placement covering aspects such as:

  • Key stages of child development
  • Exploring the relationship between play and child development
  • Looking at the skills that children develop and use in different types of play activities
  • Preparing a play activity that meets the basic developmental needs of a child
  • Child observation techniques
  • Recognising the diverse needs of children and families and linking it to children at play

Learners will also avail of the social and personal development courses available with Limerikc Youth Service such as Junior Leadership Training Programmes, international youth work & summer activities.

On completion of the course learners can progress to any FETAC Level 5 course, ideally in Childcare or to employment.

For further details on this innovative and progressive course please contact Sarah Clohessy at or call 061-4124144.

Paradise Restaurant

Located on the corner of Henry St & Lwr Glentworth St, Paradise Restaurant provides great home produced food in a friendly and youthful environment.

Paradise Restaurant equips learners with the relevant knowledge, skill and competence to set up the restaurant, greet, meet and serve customers.

The day is divided between the restaurant and classroom projects where the learners study maths, communications and personal effectiveness in addition to other courses.


Breakfast: Full Irish Breakfast with Tea/Coffee

Lunch: Chose from a wide variety of home produced meals, salads and desserts.

Opening Times

Tuesday to Thursday, 10:00-14:00hrs & Friday 10:00-11:30

Leaving Certificate Applied

Leaving Certificate Applied (LCA) is one of the three Leaving Certificate programmes offered by the Dept of Education.  It differs from the other two in that it is practical, career orientated and two-thirds of it is continuously assessed.  LCA focuses on the talents of each individual student and helps them apply what they learn in the real world.

Throughout the two year duration of the LCA programme in Limerick Youth Service, learners study combinations of the following subjects:

  • Hotel and Catering
  • Maths
  • Communications
  • ICT
  • French
  • Gaeilge
  • Social Education
  • Art
  • Leisure Studies
  • Work Experience
  • Vocational Prep and Guidance
  • Woodwork, Craft and Design
  • Video & Photograph
  • Drama

The first six subjects on this list are examination subjects.  Five of the six are examined at the end of the second year.  This is a full time, two year programme.  It runs from 9.15 am till 4.00pm Monday to Thursday and learners finish at 12noon on Friday. The programme requires 90% attendance and learners are asked to complete four two blocks of work experience during the two years. Groups are no larger than 14 learners and participants are carefully selected. The programme is funded by FAS.

LYS's Leaving Cert Applied Class of 2016

LYS’s Leaving Cert Applied Class of 2016

If you are interested in applying:

  •  Application forms will be available before Easter
  • Aptitude test will take place in May
  • Interviews will take place during the months of May/June
  • LCA selection in June (Reserve List)
  • Final Group selected end of July


Noreen Murphy, LCA Co-ordinaor, Limerick Youth Service, 5 Lower Glentworth St, Limerick.  Tel: 061- 412444

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If you would like to know more about these course please contact or call 061-412444



Contact Information

Limerick Youth Service
5 Lower Glentworth Street
Limerick, Rep. of Ireland

Office Hours:
9.00am - 5.00pm Monday to Friday

Telephone: +353 (0)61 412 444
Fax: +353 (0)61 412 795

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