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What is Youthreach?
Youthreach is a Department of Education and Skills official education, training and work experience programme for early school leavers aged 15 – 20. It offers young people the opportunity to identify options within adult life, and provides them with opportunities to acquire certification. As it operates on a full-time, year-round basis, Youthreach has a continuous intake policy.



Youthreach is 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

Introducing Youthreach
Youthreach is directed at unemployed young early school leavers aged 15-20. It offers participants the opportunity to identify and pursue viable options within adult life, and provides them with opportunities to acquire certification. It operates on a full-time, year-round basis.


Its general objectives are as follows:
  • Personal and social development and increased self-esteem;
  • second-chance education and introductory level training;
  • the promotion of independence, personal autonomy, active citizenship and a pattern of lifelong learning;
  • integration into further education and training opportunities and the labour market;
  • the promotion of social inclusion.


Essential Course Elements:
  • Personal and Social development
  • Vocational Skills
  • Communications Skills
  • The Foundation Phases programme is constructed as a curricular matrix incorporating these elements. This approach is also found in the certification offered by FETAC.


YOUTHREACH is a trans-disciplinary education and training programme. It is learner-centred and experiential. There is a strong emphasis on achievement and on developing the capacities of participants. The programme promotes the participants sense of self-worth and identity, as well as pride in their abilities and work. It is an integrated experience‚ personal, communications and vocational skills are integrated in a curricular and experiential matrix.Click here to access the Galway City Youthreach