Community Training Centres

Community Training Centres  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.

Community Training Centres

The Community Training Centres (CTCs) provide training to early school leavers aged between 16 and 21 years, who are most in need of basic vocational training.  The training provision is divided between ‘in-centre learning’ and ‘linked work experience learning’.  Courses lead to major QQI awards at level 3 and 4.  For more information, please refer to the below list of CTCs:

Kilkenny Employment for Youth, Garden Row, High Street, Kilkenny

Contact Details:    Wally Piggott (Manager)

Tel:                         056 7762774

Email:                     key1@eircom.net

Web:                       www.keyctc.ie

Courses Available:

  • Catering and Art
  • Catering
  • Woodwork
  • Office Skills
  • Design and Graphics
  • Diploma in Hairdressing and Barbering Services


Carlow Youth Training, Unit 5, Askea Business Park, O’Brien Road, Co. Carlow


Contact Details:    Avril Lynch (Manager)

Tel:                         059 9132245

Email:                     info@carlowyouthtraining.org

Web:                       www.carlowyouthtraining.org

Courses Available:

  • Catering
  • Childcare
  • Crafts
  • Certificate in Fitness Instructing – Gym Based Exercise
  • Diploma in Beauty Specialist Techniques
  • Diploma in Hairdressing and Barbering Services

How to Apply

If you are interested in completing a Community Training Programme please contact the relevant Community Training Centre above.

Specialist Training Programme

A Specialist Training Programme (STP) delivers training courses to people with disabilities who require more intensive support than would be available in non-specialist training provision.  The National Learning Network (NLN) provides such programmes at its Training Centres in Kilkenny and Carlow.  In order to secure a place in a National Learning Network, the learner must be referred by their GP and/or the Department of Social Protection.


Regent House

William Street



Kileshin Road


Co Carlow

Area Manager:       Lisa Haugh

Tel:                         059 9164257

Email:                     lisa.haugh@nln.ie

Web:                       www.nln.ie

Area Manager:       Mary Nolan

Tel:                         056 7797500

Email:                     mary.nolan@nln.ie

Web:                       www.nln.ie

How to Apply

If you are interested in completing a Specialist Training Programme please contact the relevant NLN Centre above.