Community Education works with adults who wish to return to or continue their education, offering a learner-centred approach involving personal supports and tuition for people who have not been in employment or education for a long-time, and is generally developed in local community projects and centres.
Providing a diversity of courses including courses, short introductory courses, full time yearlong programmes and courses in everything from life skills to professional qualifications, community education programmes are designed to lead to positive personal, social and economic outcomes.
Delivered all over Ireland by a range of providers including independently managed not-for-profit groups and statutory organisations, community education takes place in a wide variety of community projects, resource centres, voluntary organisations, and more.
Community Training Centres (CTCs)
Community Training Centres also known as CTCs are independent community-based organisations, that provide training, educational and employment related services for young people in a friendly and informal manner.
There are 31 CTCs located around the country, with each CTC owned and managed by a local community group and has a professional, highly skilled staff and modern, up-to-date facilities.
The CTC provision includes programmes such as employability skills, personal and social employment skills and science skills. All programmes offer personal and social skills development through modules such as communications, personal effectiveness, teamwork, career planning and literacy and numeracy support which are integrated with the vocational training modules. Courses are usually one year in duration and are full-time, leading to major awards on the NFQ at levels 3 and 4.