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Traineeship in Youthwork

Traineeship in Youthwork

Our traineeship course in Youthwork will commence in September 2023 for 9 months (September - May), 2 days per week with the employer and 3 days per week in college.

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Young people have experienced significant challenges over the lockdowns as a result of COVID-19, where their mental health and social development has been challenged in ways never experienced before. Qualified, dedicated youth workers have never been more important and in as much demand to support young people through these challenging times. Community Development/Youth Work is a highly rewarding career. Individuals who choose this course should be energetic and highly motivated to make a difference. A voice and advocate for social change, driven to work with disadvantaged individuals and groups.

This QQI award in Community Development will enable the learner to acquire the knowledge, skills and competence to work within youth work sectors, whether private, voluntary or statutory. The learner will gain additional skills and knowledge in response to the changing youth work environment and develop and maintain relationships with young people so that they can reach their full potential.

This 38-week (9 months) full time traineeship is a QQI level 6 Advanced Certificate in Community Development (Youthwork).  The course is spilt between classroom based learning in Cavan Institute and work based learning within the Community and Voluntary Sector (three days classroom based; two days in work placement, with a number of block weeks in work placement at busy times for services). It will prepare learners with the range of skills and knowledge to implement and deliver community development programmes to young people that adhere to the key community development principles of participation, empowerment and collective decision making.

This traineeship has worked with many youth services in Cavan and Monaghan when trainees secured their work placements and gained invaluable, practical experience. These youth services include: Youth Work Ireland; Teach Oscail, Teach na Daoine and Focus Family Resource Centres; The Cavan Centre; National Learning Network; Youthreach; Cavan Traveller Movement; Cavan County Local Development; Tanagh Outdoor Education Centre and others.

Further Details

Please contact the CMETB recruitment office for an application form and further information on 049 4353924 or email or apply via link.

Individuals will initially complete 5 days per week in Cavan Institute. When placement has been arranged, appropriate training and Garda Vetting is complete, trainees will then start their work experience (usually at Halloween).  Individuals will source their own placement so it is important that to have thought about the type of community/youth work that they would like to do. It is not essential but it would benefit individuals to have some experience (which can be voluntary). This experience will help in the recruitment process and will benefit individuals in deciding what direction they might want to take in their career.

About This Course

Course Content

  • Community Development Practice

  • Community Development Theory

  • Group Work Theory and Practice

  • Understanding Youth Work

  • Conflict Management

  • Supervisory Skills

  • Community Addiction Studies

  • Communications

  • Work Experience

Traineeship in Youthwork

Entry Requirements

  • Education: No formal education or qualifications are required although applicants may have participated in primary and secondary education. Applicants will be expected to demonstrate a standard of knowledge, skills and competence equivalent to NFQ Level 5 when accessing a Level 6 programme.

  • Aptitude: Applicants must have a motivation to learn, an interest in the subject and the ability to acquire the knowledge, skills and competencies set out in the course.

  • Previous Experience: Applicants must be able to demonstrate a broad range of knowledge, skills and competencies relevant to the course and be able to exercise initiative and independence when carrying out course activities.

Further Study

At Cavan Institute:

Graduates of this course in Youthwork Traineeship may progress to the a number of full-time or part-time level 7 degree or level 8 honours degree programmes. These include:

Bachelor Degree Health and Social Care  Monaghan Institute (Letterkenny IT)

Bachelor Degree in Community Youth Work   Dundalk IT

Honours Degree in Community and    TU Dublin

Youth Development

Honours Degree in Social Care Practice   Athlone IT

Honours Degree in Social Science   Maynooth University

(Community and Youth Work)

Bachelor Degree Community Development   NUI Galway


Graduates are eligible to apply through the CAO and/or the Higher Education Links Scheme for entry to a range of higher certificate and degree programmes at Institutes of Technology and Universities (please check with the institution regarding local eligibility requirements).

Career Opportunities

On successful completion of this course, many of our trainees secure employment within their work experience setting at the end of the traineeship.

Graduates can progress to work as Youth Workers, Community Development Workers, Family Support Workers, LGBTQI+ Support Workers, Youth Liaison Officers, Detached Workers, Diversion Project Worker and a wide range of others careers.


QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Community Development (Youth Work) (6M3674)

PHECC First Aid Responder (FAR)

Manual Handling

Children First Child Protection

Be Well (Mental Health ) Programme Facilitator

YES (Consent) Programme Facilitator

SafeTALK Suicide Awareness

and more

Course Fees

There are no course fees and individuals may also be eligible for a range of financial supports, including a training allowance, travel and meal allowances. CMETB Traineeships programmes are co-funded by the Irish Government and the European Social Fund.

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