Leaving School Early
School can be difficult for many reasons – if you have made the decision to leave, that does not mean your education will stop. There are many options for you and supports ready to help you explore your next move after leaving school early.
If you have any questions about your options after leaving school early, you can chat online to a trained Youth Information Officer or leave us a message and we can get back to you.
Local supports available
provides mentoring, career guidance and information to young people aged 16-21 years. It is mainly for young people who have left school early and are attending Youthreach/Training Centres but referrals from those looking for training options or those who are out of school can also be made. Contact details.
Crosscare Youth Information Service
Provides a free and confidential information service for all young people on a wide range of topics including courses, including leaving school early, PLC courses, progression routes, apprenticeships and further training, grants available and finding a job. Contact details
DDLETB Adult Guidance Services – 18+ years
Offers advice, guidance, and information on education, training and careers to adult learners taking part in their adult education programmes and those who are unemployed. Contact details
Programmes for people that have left school early
Alternative Learning Programme Dun Laoghaire (ALP) – Under 16 years
ALP runs 3 days per week during school term and is designed to be as easy as possible for you to attend. The programme is given by local Youth Workers and DDLETB Tutors and offers a variety of activities and lessons. You will get to explore returning to school, educational progression, training and future career options and to develop the skills to help you in the future.
A new partnership has been developed with iScoil, an online learning community that offers an alternative path to learning, accreditation and progression. This will give young people an opportunity to gain certification at QQI Level 3 (equivalent to Junior Cert).
Referrals to ALP must be made by the Educational Welfare Officer (01-5252166) and/or School Principal and supported by your Parent or Guardian.
Youthreach Training Programme – 15/16 – 20 years
Youthreach is a one / two year programme for unemployed early school leavers aged 15-20 years. Priority is given to those aged 16+ and centres will accept limited applications from 15 year olds on a case-by-case basis.
Training is free. A travel and lunch allowance is paid if you live more than 5km away from the centre. Training allowance is paid if aged 16+. The opportunity to gain a National Qualification e.g. QQI (FETAC) level 3 + 4 major awards (www.nfq.ie)
Dun Laoghaire Community Training Centre
QQI levels 3 & 4. The core areas include: Industrial Skills, Catering, IT Skills, Hair Care & Beauty Therapy, Pre-Apprenticeship (Science and Engineering) Programme, Childcare and a Work Experience Programme. 41A York Rd, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin Ph: 01 284 1194 www.dlctc.ie
Sallynoggin Youthreach (Sportsreach)
QQI level 4 Modules include: Communications, Maths, IT, Soccer, Health Related Fitness, Art, Personal Effectiveness, Work Experience. Also Sports & Recreation and Life Skills Programmes. St Joseph’s Football Club, Pearse Park, Sallynoggin, Co. Dublin. Ph: 01 2013878
QQI levels 3 & 4 Modules include: Communications, Maths, Computer Literacy, Art, Personal & Interpersonal Skills, Health & Fitness, Catering and Work Experience. Mountainview Hse, Meadow Park Ave, Rathfarnham. D.14. Ph: (01) 296 3413; firstname.lastname@example.org
Tivoli Training Centre
The centre is funded through the Probation Service and accepts referrals for young people who are on probation or ‘at risk’ of offending. Self and other referrals are also accepted. QQI levels 3 & 4 with a number of additional programmes and activities on offer. 24 Tivoli Terrace South, Dun Laoghaire. Ph: 01 284 1028; Tivoli Training Centre
Back to Education Initiative (Btei) – 16+ years
This offers part-time accredited courses to young people and adults. Generally those over 16 years with less than Leaving Cert are eligible to take part on a BTEI. The Adult Education Service in Dun Laoghaire provides part-time BTEI courses for those aged 18+ at QQI levels 3,4 and 5. Priority is given to those on Social Welfare. Local Contacts
National Learning Network – 16+ Years
This programme offers training and education to young people aged1 6+ with extra support needs and helps them to learn the skills they needt o get a job or progress to further education. Aimed mainly at people witha disability, anyone facing obstacles in the search for work should enquire about the courses available. They offer QQI levels 3, 4 and 5.
Bray NLN Centre: Beechwood Close, Boghall Road, Bray, Wicklow; Tel: 01 2829643; email: email@example.com
Roslyn NLN Centre: Roslyn Park College, Beach Road, Sandymount, Dublin 4; Te1 2613400; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
TASK programme (Training Awareness Skills and Knowledge) – 16+ years
This QQI level 4 Employment Skills Programme is open to unemployed young Travellers and settled people aged 16+ living in Dun Laoghaire / Rathdown. No formal qualifications are needed and modules including Maths, IT, Career Planning and Customer Service. A training allowance is paid. St. Kierans Enterprise Centre, Furze Rd., Sandyford. Tel: 087 3732836. Further details
Festina Lente (Equestrian Training Programme) – 16+ years
This SOLAS funded programme provides learners with the necessary skills and knowledge to progress to working in the equestrian industry or onto further studies through working with and caring for horses. It is aimed at those aged 16+ and on a disability allowance, but if you have a learning disability or are an early school leaver who received resource/SNA supports in school, you may still be able to take part. On completion of the course you will receive a QQI level 4 Major Award in Horsemanship. Old Connaught Avenue, Bray. Tel: 087 963 3348/ Ph: 01 272 0704. Further details
Post Leaving Certificate – 16+ years
Post leaving cert courses are a mixture of academic, practical and work experience. The courses are full-time and last for one to two years and you receive a QQI level 5 or 6. Although, they prefer that you have done your Leaving Cert – if there is a course that you would like to do – contact the college and see if they are willing to take you on without the Leaving Cert. We can help you with this. Post Leaving Cert Colleges in Dublin
Further Education without the Leaving Certificate
With so much attention on the Leaving Certificate, you may be forgiven if you have overlooked the fact that there is a wealth of careers and courses that can be accessed without your Leaving Certificate. Other Options for Further Education