Introduction to the centre

Dun Laoghaire Community Training Centre was established in 1985 to provide second chance education and training to early school leavers and this year, we are celebrating 30 years in existence.

Today, the centre provides educational, vocational and personal development training programmes to 65 young people, aged 16 – 21 years. All our trainees joined the centre to better themselves and as part of their individual training plans, they are all now working towards a Major QQI Awards at levels 3 and 4.

We are a community based organisation with a Board of Management, with members drawn from the local community and statutory agencies. The Board are very active and committed and meet every month.

Interestingly, our premises on York Road, which has been our home for the last 30 years, once housed the church that was built for the builders who came from Scotland to construct Dun Laoghaire pier. The building then became a primary school, followed by a college before becoming the Community Training Centre, as we know it today.

The centre has undergone many changes over the last 30 years, but the main focus of the centre has not changed, which is to provide education and training for early school leavers and equip them with practical and personal skills that will help them make the best of opportunities that may come their way as they progress to adult life.

The nature of our training programmes has changed somewhat over the years reflecting the changes in the local and national economy. DLCTC strives to continue to meet the demands of local industry, as well as providing the next step for those who do not have a Leaving Certificate to re-engage with education through accessing QQI qualifications at levels 3 and 4 on offer in the centre.

DLCTC works in conjunction with many services in the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown area to provide as many services and supports as possible for those accessing the centre.

Finally, we are funded by the Dublin and Dun Laoghaire Education Training Board and we are located at 41a York Road, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin.