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The Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020 is co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the ESF with a special allocation from the Youth Employment Initiative.

The Youthreach programme provides two years integrated education, training and work experience for unemployed early school leavers without any qualifications or vocational training who are between 15 and 20 years of age.

There are almost 6,000 places available nationwide under the Youthreach umbrella.  Almost 3,700 of these places are provided by ETBs in just over 100 Youthreach centres. The majority of the remainder of places are provided by FÁS in Community Training Centres.

The programme usually provides two years integrated education, training and work experience. Basic skills training, practical work training and general education are features of the programme, and the application of new technology is integrated into all aspects of programme content.

There is a strong emphasis on personal development, on the core skills or literacy/numeracy, communications and IT, along with a choice of vocational options and a work experience programme.

Youthreach centres managed by ETBs, are designated as ‘centres of education’ under the Education Act, 1998. In 2006, the Departments Inspectorate began carrying out whole centre evaluations of Youthreach ETB centres.

Learners on the Youthreach programme are entitled to receive training allowances. Additional allowances for meal, travel and accommodation are also available.


For further information on the Youthreach programme in your area, please contact your local Employment and Training Board (ETB).

See also Qualifax Youthreach information. 


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