Education & Training (CTC)

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

This QQI Level 3 programme is suited to a young person who is not sure what career path they would like to pursue and would like to develop skills to either help them gain employment or to progress on to further education & training.

This course provides learners with the opportunity to develop their functional skills, literacy, numeracy and IT whilst also having the opportunity to sample skills in other areas.

Trainee putting the finishing touches to a kennel

Trainee putting the finishing touches to a kennel

Subjects include: 

  • Communications
  • Career Preparation
  • Health & Safety
  • Health & Fitness
  • Maths
  • Computer Literacy

This course is a great start point in furthering the development of trainees’ skills for future employment, education and training.

Course Duration:  Two Years 

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/FDQ Level 2 (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.

Course Duration:  Two Years*

During this course of study trainees will develop hands-on techniques using software such as InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop to gain an understanding of the different types of graphic formats and build on critical-thinking skills.

This course will also cover design theory and ideation techniques to help trainees make informed and articulated design choices and decision.

Combining theory and practice, trainees will harness graphic design tools and software, develop digital paintings, create posters, flyers, brochures and magazines from concept to final publication.

This course covers the following modules:

  • Communications
  • Mathematics
  • Work Experience
  • Information Technology Skills
  • Web Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Personal Effectiveness
  • Teamwork
  • Digital Painting
  • Drawing

Course Duration: One Year 

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

(from left) Graduates from LYS' Early Childcare Class with Evelyn O'Keeffe-Sheehan (LCETB)

(from left) Graduates from LYS’ Early Childcare Class with Evelyn O’Keeffe-Sheehan (LCETB)

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

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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.

Course Duration: One Year 

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) is a course that will enable the learner to acquire the basic literacy and language skills associated with the English Language.

The course will provide learners with the opportunity to;

  • Learn to speak English
  • Experienced the learning of English through various activities
  • Learn in a supported environment
  • Receive a training allowance dependant on their Social Welfare Status
  • Experience other cultures in a learning environment
  • Gain insight to the workplace and further education opportunities
  • Experience the world of work through work experience placements

The activities include

  • English Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • Catering
  • Teamwork
  • Art & Craft
  • Information Technology Skills
  • Workplace Safety
  • Career Preparation

Course Duration: NA

Leaving Certificate Applied

Leaving Certificate Applied (LCA) is a practical, career orientated course with 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.


Some members of our Leaving Cert Applied Class 2018 with staff at LYS

Some members of our Leaving Cert Applied Class 2018 with staff at LYS

Throughout the two year duration of the LCA programme in Limerick Youth Service, students 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.

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

Course Duration: Two Years 

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The Ability Programme aims to empower and facilitate young people (15-24yrs) with disabilities to develop personally, economically and socially to meet their needs and realise their full potential.

How can Ability support you?

  • Ability will support a young person who may not currently be ready to enter employment and/or education/training by using a range of person-centered approaches.
  • Provide a young person with tailored/individualised interventions that support their employment prospects.
  • Mentor and coach young people to develop the confidence and skills required to participate/transition through education, training and employment.
  • Young people will be supported to achieve their goals and aspirations through career guidance practices in one-one and group based sessions.
  • The Ability Team will work with and build the capacity of employers and organisations to offer work placements and employment opportunities for young people with disabilities.
  • Support young people and their families as well as service providers to ensure a young person is reaching their full potential.
  • Support them in engaging with the wider community, creating a meaningful social roles.

The Ability Programme is open to young people who live in the Limerick City Metropolitan Area or Surrounds & have a diagnosis of one of the following:

  • Hidden Disability
  • Learning Disability
  • Mental Health Condition
  • Autistic Spectrum Disorder

In addition the young person must be:

  • In receipt of disability allowance, invalidity pension or illness benefit for more than three months.


  • An existing participant of Limerick Youth Service.


  • Referred to our project by relevant organisations or services supporting young people with disabilities.

Get In Touch

Interested in taking part in the Ability Programme? Just complete the Expression of Interest Form:

Ability Programme, Limerick Youth Service, 5 Lr Glentworth Street, Limerick V94 YF95.

Tel: 061-412444

or Youth Mentors: Niamh at 087-7024480 or  Zoe at 087-1684165


The Ability Programme is co-financed by the Irish Government and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020.


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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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