The Youthreach Programme, which is directed at early school leavers aged 15 to 20 years, is an integral part of the national programme of second-chance education and training in Ireland. The programme operates on a full-time basis, providing participants with opportunities to identify and pursue viable options within adult life. It also gives them the chance to acquire recognised certification in a wide range of subject and skill areas.
The Youthreach Programme was established in 1989. There are eleven Youthreach Centres with a total allocation of 275 places within the LCETB scheme. Youthreach has a continuous intake policy. It provides young people with a flexible and dynamic programme of integrated general education, vocational training and work experience. Learners set personal and educational goals that increase their self-esteem, skill and knowledge base and employability. Key elements of the programme include Personal and Social Development, Communication Skills, ICT Skills and Vocational Skills.