The national Ability Programme promotes positive pathways into education, training and employment for young people with disabilities. The main aim of the programmes is to give young people an opportunity to develop practical skills which enable them to enter the workplace and/or to assume a meaningful and sustainable social role within their own community. There are three Ability Programmes in Co. Tipperary which are run respectively by Knockanrawley Resource Centre, Tipperary town; St.
Training & Employment
Clonmel Community Training Centre
Clonmel Community Training Centre primarily provides social, health, vocational and educational training programmes to young early school leavers between the ages of 16 and 21.
Employability Skills – General Learning
Pathways to Employment – General Learning
11 Nelson Street
Cluain Training & Enterprise Centre provides specialist training, supports and employment services for adults with mental health needs, acquired brain injury or on the Autism Spectrum (ASD). Services include Rehabilitative Training (focusing on positive health and social inclusion), Vocational Training (focusing on preparation for and progression to employment or further education), Day Services and Social Enterprise activities. Training Programmes offer QQI Levels 3 awards. All programmes are offered free of charge to participants.
The Department of Social Protection (DSP) is tasked with administering the welfare system. It oversees the provision of income support and other social services.
DSP programmes to support people with disabilities in the work place include:
EmployAbility Service is an employment and recruitment service to assist people with a disability, health condition, injury or illness to secure and maintain a job in the open labour market.The service provides a range of supports to employers and people with a disability, health condition, injury or illness through Job Coaches. The range of supports include:
The HSE Disabilities Occupational Guidance Service provides information, advice, support and direction to people with a disability who wish to access rehabilitative training and sheltered services.
The services offered include:
The MooreHaven Centre provides a foundation skills training programme, day service programmes and work experience for adults in the mild to moderate range of intellectual disability. Its Day Service includes:
National Learning Network (NLN) is based in Clonmel, Co. Tipperary and offers a combination of Rehabilitative & Vocational training. These courses are offered free of charge to people with additional support needs to include learning, social needs, ASD, physical and mental health. These courses are tailored to each student’s needs, to help them to build their confidence while getting practical job-seeking skills.
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Nenagh Community Training Centre offers a wide range of innovative programmes leading to QQI Level 3 and 4 Major Award qualifications. Catering & Hospitality, I.C.T & Employability Skills, Introduction to Woodcraft & Home Improvement skills, Certificate & Diploma in VTCT/ITEC in Barbering, Hair & Beauty, and VTCT Award in Retail Skills.
RehabCare provides a mix of educational, life skills, recreational and social programmes for adults with special needs, aged 18 years and upwards, in Resource Centres around the county. In the South of the county, there are four centres, each delivering a programme catering for adults with a specific level of ability:
- Bridgewater House, Clonmel
- Suir Drop, Clonmel
- The Mill, Hughes Mill, Clonmel
- Knocklofty Rural Day Service, Clonmel
In the North of the county, there are two centres:
St. Cronan’s Association provides Day Support to adults living with disabilities and/or autism at four centres variously located in Roscrea, Nenagh and Birr. Services provided include:
Thurles Community Training Centre
Thurles Community Training Centre (CTC) provides QQI Level 3 and 4 courses for Early School Leavers.
Thurles CTC provides courses in Catering, Computer and Office Skills, Hairdressing and Woodwork & Home Decoration to young people who have not completed their Junior Cert or Leaving Cert. In addition to QQI courses, it also offers Counselling Support and Literacy Support services.
Youthreach Centre in Cappawhite provides the QQI Levels 3 & 4 courses as well as Leaving Cert Applied programme. Built into the youthreach programme are supports, counselling and advocacy and the opportunity for Work Experience and progression to further education provision.
Eligibility: Young people aged 15 – 20 years who are not in Education, Employment or Training. Open to all abilities.
Remit: Its catchment area includes Cashel, Tipperary town and the rural hinterland.
Céim Eile, Templemore College of Further Education
Céim Eile is a Department of Education and Skills initiative, supported by European Social Fund, to provide second chance education for early school leavers. Its programme includes:
Roscrea Education Centre
Old Dublin Road
Youthreach Roscrea provides an education, training and work experience programme for early school leavers aged 16 – 20. The Youthreach programmes provided include a 2-year Leaving Cert Applied course, extra-curricular activities, and a Summer programme of educational outings, and work experience.
Eligibility: Young people aged 16 – 20 years who are not in Education, Employment or Training. Open to all abilities.
Contact person: Bernadette Daly, Centre Coordinator