What is Youthreach?

Youthreach is a programme of education, training and work experience for early school leavers provided in an out-of school setting. (To find out more about Youthreach nationally, please click here).

Youthreach is co-funded by the Irish Government and the European Social Fund and the Youth Employment Initiative as part of the ESF Programme for Employability Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020.

What are the aims of Youthreach?

Youthreach aims to give young people:

  • A second chance to gain education and training
  • A chance to develop new skills
  • A chance to gain national certification and to progress to further education or training
  • A chance to find employment

Who is it for?

You can apply to join Youthreach if you are:

  • Aged between 16 and 21
  • Have left school early with either no qualifications or minimal qualifications
  • Six months out of school

What will Youthreach cost me?

Courses are provided free of charge and a weekly training allowance is paid.  Meal and travel allowances are also paid.

What is the programme?

A foundation phase, normally a year, develops the skills essential for further learning.

QQI Level 3 


  •  Skills Based
  •  Literacy and Numeracy Skills/Support
  •  Art, Catering, Engineering Focus
  •  Social and Personal Development

Subjects covered

  • Communications
  • Maths
  • Life skills
  • Catering
  • Hairdressing
  • Computers
  • Woodwork
  • Photography
  • Video
  • Sports
  • Art and Crafts

A progression phase after that, which allows for further development through education, training and work experience options.  These are Leaving Certificate Applied and Further Education and Training Awards Council.

QQI Level 4


  •  Represents a progression from Level 3 and is more challenging
  •  Literacy and Numeracy Skills Development and Support
  •  Art and Engineering Focus
  •  Task/Project Base

Subjects Covered

  •  Catering
  •  Communications
  •  Fast Food catering
  •  Information Technology Skills
  •  Maths
  •  Work Experience
  •  Electronics
  •  Art
  •  Engineering
  •  Horticulture

Leaving Certificate Applied


  •  2 Year Whole-Time Programme
  •  90% Attendance necessary
  •  Challenging Programme requiring commitment
  •  QQI / Junior Cert Level preferable at entry but not essential

Subjects Covered

  •  Vocational Preparation – this includes 8 weeks work experience over the two years
  •  English and Communications
  •  Information Technology
  •  Maths
  •  Leisure and Recreation
  •  Social Education
  •  Art
  •  Irish
  •  1 Modern Language (for example either German or French)
  •  Hotel, Catering and Tourism
  •  Craft and design, Office Administration and Customer Care and Engineering (These change from year to year)

To visit the website of the National Association of Youthreach Co-ordinators, please click on the logo below:


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