Community Training

Kerry ETB works in partnership with the Community Training Centre to provide community based training for early school leavers as part of the national Youthreach programme.

Community Training Centres are independent, community-based organisations which provide training and related supports for early school leavers primarily aged between 16-21 years who have left school with no formal or incomplete qualifications.

Learners in CTCs develop individualised learning plans and participate in personal, social and vocational skills training and development leading to major awards on the National Framework of Qualifications.

All Tralee Community Training Centre programmes are co-funded by the Irish Government, the European Social Fund and the Youth Employment Initiative as part of the ESF Programme for Employability Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020

QQI level 3 and 4

  • Catering
  • Construction
  • Hairdressing
  • Technology

All courses do Communications, Maths, Computer Literacy and a wide variety of other QQI accredited Minor Awards and individual literacy and numeracy support is available if required.


Participants at the Community Training Centres are primarily young men and women between 16 and 21 years of age, who have left school without completing formal examinations (the Junior Certificate); who are experiencing difficulties finding a job; and who are keen to gain a qualification.

While this is the priority group for Community Training Centres, they can however provide for other young people under the age of 25 who are disadvantaged and unemployed, with agreement from Kerry ETB Training Centre.

Kerry ETB Training Centre provides a Training Allowance to participants at the Community Training Centres and the training is certified leading to recognised awards on the National Framework of Qualifications.

If you would like any more information about the Community Training Centres, contact your local Employment Services Office or alternatively contact:

Community training Centre, Monavalley industrial estate, Tralee, Co. Kerry

Tel: 066 7125415 | email:

Community based courses

Community Courses are Supported Training Courses which are primarily developed and offered to learners who may require additional supports to access and undertake training as part of their agreed pathway to work. Training is delivered through Community Training Centre, Specialist Training Providers and Local Training Initiatives.

Kerry Training Centre works in partnership with Community Training Centres to provide innovative training to meet the needs of early school leavers under the age of 21. Each learner is helped to identify and develop to their maximum potential and at their own pace.

The Local Training Initiatives programme is delivered through community based groups to provide a range of learner centred courses to assist individuals to enter or re-enter the labour market.  The programme is primarily geared at 18-35 year olds experiencing exclusion and labour market disadvantage.

Specialist Training Providers provide vocational training courses which target the needs of people with disabilities.  They provide learner focused training and related services to individuals who require more intensive support than would be available in non-specialist training provision.

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