Tramore Youthreach

Co-ordinator: Paul Cleary
Telephone: (051) 338447
Mobile: (086) 3859035

Tramore Youthreach

Youthreach is part of a national programme that offers second chance education and training to 16 – 20 year olds. It is aimed at early school leavers and is designed to give young people the opportunity to gain confidence and engage in the formal certification process in an ‘out-of-school’ setting. It is a full-time year round course where learners receive a weekly training and travel allowance.

Day & time of current courses:

Youthreach operates five days a week 9am – 4pm. The centre closes in August for the summer holiday period.

The courses offered are:

  • Leaving Cert Applied
  • QQI level 3

In addition to formal learning, the following services are provided:

  • Work experience
  • Sports & Recreation
  • Mentoring and support
  • Careers Information
  • Personal & Social Development
  • Literacy & Numeracy Development

The programme operates from a  purpose built facility at:
Tramore Further Education and Training Centre
Unit No 2,
Seapoint  Business Park,
Riverstown, Tramore,
Co, Waterford.
(First left immediately after the Riverstown Housing Est.)


Mark O’Neill (Testimonial)

Mark O’Neill, Garda, Student BA (Hons) Criminal Justice Studies WIT, WCFE Graduate 7 Distinctions, Youthreach Graduate 2012 Distinction 93%.

“Before attending Tramore Youthreach I was out of formal education for a period of years, I was working in a dead end part time job; this centre in my view is the key to success for any early school leaver. I was nervous about going back to school, but I was greeted with a high level of professionalism and friendliness from the staff and students alike. I have always been very ambitious and for me Youthreach made the impossible happen. From a young age I wanted to be a Garda, but as I was out of school people told me this was impossible for me to achieve. During my time in Youthreach a huge amount of opportunities opened up for me, I completed work placements with An Garda Síochána, the Courts Service, local authorities and solicitors. I gained a wide range of experience from these placements; they have helped me in my path to success. The project work in Youthreach was very exciting and meant that not all credits were based on final exams, but continuous assessment, somewhat like third level. From one project, it was with great pleasure that I was given the opportunity to attend the European Parliament in Strasbourg, where I made a speech in German. From another project in relation to Road Safety, I won an award from the Road Safety Authority “Young Road Safety Ambassador of the Year 2013”. I was presented with an award from Mr. Gay Byrne who at the time was chairman of the RSA.

Moving on from Youthreach I attended a PLC course in Community Development at Waterford College of Further Education, where I graduated with distinctions in 7 subjects and 1 merit. At the same time, I successfully became a Reserve Garda. I then moved onto Waterford Institute of Technology where I enrolled on the BA (Hons) in Criminal Justice Studies. During my time in W.I.T the Gardaí started recruiting full time; I applied for the position, passed the various stages and began training at the Garda College Templemore in February of 2015. I became an attested member of An Garda Síochána in September of 2015 and am currently working full time as a Garda. I am also completing the Criminal Justice Course part time. My aim is to complete this and go onto a Master’s Programme at the Institute of Criminology in UCD.

My message to anyone considering Youthreach is go for it, for me it made the impossible possible. If you are motivated to succeed Youthreach will help you in achieving your lifetime goals. This centre has a great reputation for success and this is due to the dedication and support of the staff and the setup of the programme. I still keep in contact with some of my friends from Tramore Youthreach, who too went onto third level and successfully gained employment. If you are thinking about going to Youthreach, remember I was once in your position and have now achieved my dream job through the help of all the staff in Tramore Youthreach”.



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