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A Second Chance with Limerick Youth Service Courses

Trainees Roxanna Szabo & Albert Dowie display their course work from one of the Limerick Youth Service courses, the Bakery Project.

A Second Chance with Limerick Youth Service Courses

Young people (16-20yrs) who would like to study Leaving Cert Applied, pursue a career in the baking or catering industries, work with children, start on the road to being a carpenter, or learn new skills that will change their lives, are invited to apply for a variety of Limerick Youth Service courses (LYS).

Delivered at LYS’s Community Training Centre, the innovative and popular programmes are ideal for young people who are without a Leaving Cert and wish to do something positive with their lives.



The Limerick Youth Service courses which includes Employability Skills, Early Childhood Education & Care Support, Catering Course, Pathway to Employment, a Diploma in Baking Skills & Leaving Cert Applied, give young people an opportunity to learn new skills, gain confidence and progress to further education and/or employment.

Upon enrolling with LYS, young people will spend their time in a supportive and encouraging environment, avail of academic and personal support services and participate in youth work programmes such as leadership skills and mental wellbeing.

Among the courses available is the Diploma in Baking Skills, a two-year programme where trainees learn about the baking industry such as understanding of ingredients and methods used to produce bread and confectionary products.

The Catering Course, is an exciting project that introduces learners to the various parts of the industry including short order cooking, customer services and restaurant skills.

With both courses delivered in industry standard facilities that are open to the public, learners gain the first-hand experience of working in a bakery or restaurant.

The Employability Skills & Pathway to Employment courses allow learners to experience different parts of the above courses while also studying horticulture and woodwork.

Childhood development, child observation techniques and recognising the diverse needs of children and families, are just some of the many modules covered in the Early Childhood Education & Care Support Course that is a great base for those wishing to pursue careers in the sector.

The Leaving Cert Applied is suitable for students who prefer the practical and continuous assessment approach in contrast to that of the ‘mainstream’ Leaving Cert.

The balance between classroom based activities and practical skills with periods of work placement and extra-curricular activities provide a young person with a more rounded experience.  

LYS’s Community Training Centre is supported by Limerick Clare Educational Training Board and is based at Lwr. Glentworth St, Limerick City.

A member of Youth Work Ireland, Limerick Youth Service remains committed to supporting and encouraging young people to be active participants in shaping our futures.

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