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What is Youthreach?

Youthreach is the Department of Education and Skill’s official education, training and work experience programme for young people who have left school early. Its aim is to develop the core skills needed for further learning and to prepare young people to progress to further education/training or to employment. In Co Donegal the programme is managed by Donegal ETB. There are six centres across the county in Ballyshannon, Buncrana, Glengad, Gortahork, Letterkenny and Lifford.

Who can take part in Youthreach programmes?

The Youthreach programme is for young people aged 16-20 years who have left school early and have obtained little or no qualifications.

What courses are available in Youthreach?

Youthreach offers young people a wide range of learning and training opportunities. A range of national QQI (Quality and Qualifications Ireland – formerly FETAC) qualifications are provided including Levels 1 or 2 General Learning, Level 3 General Learning or Employability Skills and Level 4 General Learning. Subjects, varying from centre to centre, include art and craft, catering, computers, childcare, hairdressing, health and fitness, literacy, numeracy, office skills, outdoor pursuits, personal development, woodcraft and many more. Work experience is also an important part of the Youthreach programme. Other qualifications include basic food hygiene, ECDL, First Aid and Gaisce Awards.

Centres also provide an extensive health promotion programme covering areas such as positive mental health, sexual health, alcohol and drugs, road safety, citizenship and money management. Fun is also an important part of Youthreach and regular trips and events such as an annual county-wide table quiz, masterchef, pool, bowling and football competitions also take place throughout the year.

What are the progression options after completing Youthreach?

Once you’ve completed a Youthreach programme you can progress to employment or other further education opportunities – our career Advocates will help you on your way.

What will a Youthreach course cost?

There are no costs for participating in a Youthreach programme.

Will I be paid while attending a Youthreach course?

While attending a Youthreach programme you will receive a weekly training allowance, a meal allowance and a travel allowance if applicable. Youthreach is a full-time, two year programme.

Who do I contact for further information?

You can apply for Youthreach at any time of the year. For further information click on your nearest Youthreach Centre, or complete an Enquiry From on Facebook (Donegal Youthreach) and/or download this information leaflet.

Ballyshannon (Eoin) – 071 98 51286
Buncrana/Glengad (Jayne) – 074 93 62466
Gortahork (Caitriona) – 074 91 35218
Letterkenny (Gillian) – 074 91 22585
Lifford (Aidan) – 074 91 42114

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