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Cavan Institute
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European Union Funded
Youthwork Traineeship

Youthwork Traineeship

38-week full time Traineeship in Community Development. Spilt between classroom learning and work based learning within the Community and Voluntary Sector (three days classroom based; two days in work placement, with block weeks in work placement at busy times).

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This course enables learners to acquire the knowledge, skills and competence to work within a variety of youth work sectors. Learners 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. 

Learners are supported and supervised to implement and deliver programmes to young people that adhere to the key community development principles of participation, empowerment and collective decision making.

This traineeship works with many youth services in Cavan and Monaghan where trainees secure their work placements and gained invaluable, practical experience. 

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 to have thought about the type of community/youth work that they would like to do.
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. 
Please contact the CMETB recruitment office for an application form and further information on 049 4353924 or email or apply via Fetc

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

Youthwork Traineeship

Entry Requirements

  • Be 16+

  • Have achieved Leaving Cert/ QQI Level 5 or equivalent

  • Or as a mature student have relevant work experience

  • Have a genuine interest in working with youth in the community

  • Applications are welcome from those in employment wishing to upskill or reskill

  • Please note that all applicants will be subject to Garda Vetting

Further Study

Graduates of this Youthwork Traineeship are eligible to apply through the CAO and/or the Higher Education Links Scheme for entry to year one of a range of higher certificate and degree programmes at Higher Education Institutions (please check with the particular institution regarding local eligibility requirements).

  • BA Health and Social Care Monaghan Institute (ATU Letterkenny IT)

  • BA Community Youth Work Dundalk IT

  • BA Community and Youth Development TU Dublin

  • BA Social Care Practice (TUS Athlone IT)

  • BSocSC Community and Youth Work Maynooth University

  • BA Child, Youth and Family: Policy and Practice University of Galway

  • BA Social Care Practice ATU Sligo

  • BSocSc Sociology and Social Policy UCD

Students are also eligible to apply for courses in the UK or Europe.

Career Opportunities

Trainees have secured 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 other careers. 


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

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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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