Community Training

Community Training Centre

LOETB works in partnership with Tullamore Community Training Centre (CTC) 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. Tullamore CTC managed locally by Tullamore and District Youth Endeavour Ltd at Kilcruttin Business Pk, Tullamore.

Local Training Initiative (LTI)

An LTI programme is a community-based training programme targeted at 16-25 year olds who are economically, socially, geographically or educationally disadvantaged. The overall aim of the LTI programme is to assist unemployed people, not otherwise catered for through other LOETB interventions, to move towards employment by providing community-based training and work experience leading to nationally recognised qualifications. Offaly Local Development Co and Laois Partnership are contracted (as Second Providers) to deliver the LTI Programmes in the LOETB area. Currently there are LTIs operating in Birr, Banagher and Edenderry with two Laois-based LTIs at an advanced stage of the planning process.

Specialist Training Programme (STP)

LOETB contracts the National Learning Network to deliver training programmes for people with disabilities. These programmes offer more intensive support than is available in non-specialist Training provision.

Key features of this specialist vocational training include:
• Additional training duration
• Adapted equipment
• Transport arrangements
• Enhanced Programme content
• Enhanced trainer-learner ratio

A range of specialist courses is available at two levels of training, Introductory Skills Training (IST) and Skill Specific Training (SST). The specialist training provision includes in-centre; employer based and blended learning approaches to accommodate learners’ training needs.

The NLN provides these programmes at its Training Centres in Portlaoise and Tullamore.


Emma Gilchreest, Community Training Officer


Portlaoise Further Education and Training Centre, Tower Hill, Portlaoise, Co. Laois.


(057) 8670007 
(085) 8564557



The CTC is co-funded by the Irish Government and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020.

The CTC 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.

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