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For Oral Answer on : 18/01/2024
Question Number(s): 119 Question Reference(s): 2033/24
Department: Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science
Asked by: David Stanton T.D.
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QUESTION


To ask the Minister for Further and Higher Education; Research; Innovation and Science the current number of Youthreach centres; the number of students attending Youthreach centres, by county; if his Department has carried out any studies to ascertain areas in the country not served by Youthreach; if so, the details of same; his plans, if any, to open further Youthreach centres; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

REPLY


The Youthreach Programme aims to provide early school leavers with the knowledge, skills and confidence required to participate fully in society and progress to further education, training and employment.  

There are 104 Youthreach Centres operated by the Education and Training Boards nationwide.  Over 4,600 learners attended these Centres in 2013 and the attached table details these Centres along with their unique learner enrolments in 2023.    The Youthreach Programme is also offered by the 31 Community Training Centres grant aided by the ETBs, with almost 2,300 learners attending CTCs in 2023.

The ESRI’s Evaluation of the National Youthreach Programmes in 2019 found that the Youthreach programme had significant value in re-engaging a vulnerable group of young people with learning, providing courses and approaches tailored to their needs and embedding education and training provision within a broader network of supports. It found clear and distinct value in the provision provided in both the Youthreach centre and CTC contexts.

With regard to the geographical location of Youthreach centres, the evaluation found significant geographical variability in the location of centres largely reflecting legacy issues rather than current need.  Coupled with the recent decline in participation levels, the evaluation identified the need for an ongoing review of the allocation of programme places across and within ETB areas to ensure the optimal use of resources, noting that consolidation might be feasible in some local areas with multiple centres while acknowledging the need to balance this against the reluctance of many vulnerable young people to access provision outside their local comfort zone and the poorer outcomes found for larger centres.

In its response to the evaluation, SOLAS supported the continued provision in both Youthreach centres and CTC settings.  It acknowledged the need for more coordinated and effective planning across all youth education and training at ETB level and proposed that ETBs consider appropriate youth education and training management arrangements and plans to improve coordination and collaboration across Youthreach centres and CTCs within their regions.

The National FET Strategy, Future FET, Transforming Learning 2020-2024 continues to apply the reports recommendations. Work is continuing between SOLAS and the ETBs to drive forward the vision outlined together including promoting Youthreach provisions.

Youthreach Centres Unique Learner Enrolments 2023
ETBCentreEnrolments Unique Learners
Cavan and Monaghan ETBCarrickmacross Youthreach23
Cavan and Monaghan ETBCastleblayney Youthreach31
Cavan and Monaghan ETBCavan Youthreach76
Cavan and Monaghan ETBCootehill Youthreach20
Cavan and Monaghan ETBKingscourt Youthreach43
Cavan and Monaghan ETBMonaghan Youthreach25
City of Dublin ETBBallyfermot Youthreach64
City of Dublin ETBBallymun Youthreach84
City of Dublin ETBCabra Youthreach36
City of Dublin ETBCoolock Youthreach43
City of Dublin ETBCrumlin Youthreach82
City of Dublin ETBHarmonstown Youthreach66
City of Dublin ETBNorth Great George’s Street Youthreach81
City of Dublin ETBPleasant Street Youthreach131
City of Dublin ETBTransition Centre104
Cork ETBBallincollig Youthreach47
Cork ETBBandon Youth Reach52
Cork ETBBantry Youth Reach55
Cork ETBCork City Learning Support108
Cork ETBDean Street Education Centre39
Cork ETBFermoy Youth Reach33
Cork ETBKnocknaheeny Youth Reach29
Cork ETBMacroom Youthreach25
Cork ETBMahon Youthreach33
Cork ETBMallow Youthreach41
Cork ETBThe Glen Youthreach40
Cork ETBYoughal Youthreach40
Donegal ETBCentre for Education Lifford28
Donegal ETBFET Centre Ballyshannon19
Donegal ETBFET Centre Gortahork26
Donegal ETBLetterkenny Centre for Education (Youthreach)60
Donegal ETBYouthreach Buncrana55
Dublin and Dun Laoghaire ETBBalbriggan Youthreach44
Dublin and Dun Laoghaire ETBBlanchardstown Youthreach52
Dublin and Dun Laoghaire ETBClondalkin Youthreach52
Dublin and Dun Laoghaire ETBLucan Youthreach31
Dublin and Dun Laoghaire ETBPriory Youthreach48
Dublin and Dun Laoghaire ETBRathfarnham Youthreach6
Dublin and Dun Laoghaire ETBRush Youthreach41
Dublin and Dun Laoghaire ETBSallynoggin Youthreach22
Dublin and Dun Laoghaire ETBSwords Youthreach41
Dublin and Dun Laoghaire ETBTallaght Youthreach72
Dublin and Dun Laoghaire ETBYouth, Education and Support Centre28
Galway and Roscommon ETBYR Galway City (Liosbán)56
Galway and Roscommon ETBYouthreach Ballaghaderreen61
Galway and Roscommon ETBYouthreach Ballinasloe21
Galway and Roscommon ETBYouthreach Letterfrack34
Galway and Roscommon ETBYouthreach Portumna35
Galway and Roscommon ETBYouthreach Roscommon39
Galway and Roscommon ETBYouthreach Tuam37
Kerry ETBKillarney Youthreach43
Kerry ETBListowel Youthreach39
Kerry ETBTralee Youthreach43
Kerry ETBYouthreach (Tralee) LC Applied38
Kildare and Wicklow ETBArklow Youthreach51
Kildare and Wicklow ETBAthy Youthreach40
Kildare and Wicklow ETBBray and North Wicklow Youthreach46
Kildare and Wicklow ETBLeixlip Youthreach31
Kildare and Wicklow ETBNaas Youthreach30
Kildare and Wicklow ETBWest Wicklow Youthreach40
Kildare and Wicklow ETBWicklow Youthreach28
Kilkenny and Carlow ETBYouthreach Carlow43
Kilkenny and Carlow ETBYouthreach Kilkenny41
Laois and Offaly ETBBanagher FET Centre45
Laois and Offaly ETBClara FET Centre24
Laois and Offaly ETBEdenderry FET Centre37
Laois and Offaly ETBMountmellick FET Centre37
Laois and Offaly ETBPortlaoise FET Centre – Youthreach33
Limerick Clare ETBCollege of FET, Ennis Campus63
Limerick Clare ETBCollege of FET, Hospital Campus64
Limerick Clare ETBCollege of FET, Kilmallock Road Campus39
Limerick Clare ETBCollege of FET, Kilrush Campus32
Limerick Clare ETBCollege of FET, O’Connell Avenue Campus93
Limerick Clare ETBCollege of FET, Scariff Campus21
Limerick Clare ETBCollege of FET, Shanagolden Campus32
Limerick Clare ETBCollege of FET, Watch House Cross Campus32
Longford and Westmeath ETBBallymahon Youthreach43
Longford and Westmeath ETBDelvin Youthreach27
Longford and Westmeath ETBKilbeggan Youthreach20
Longford and Westmeath ETBYouthreach Longford37
Louth and Meath ETBYouthreach Ardee22
Louth and Meath ETBYouthreach Ashbourne36
Louth and Meath ETBYouthreach Drogheda56
Louth and Meath ETBYouthreach Dundalk36
Louth and Meath ETBYouthreach Kells39
Louth and Meath ETBYouthreach Laytown42
Louth and Meath ETBYouthreach Navan Hi Way79
Louth and Meath ETBYouthreach Trim40
Mayo, Sligo and Leitrim ETBLeitrim Youthreach26
Mayo, Sligo and Leitrim ETBYouthreach, Ballina25
Mayo, Sligo and Leitrim ETBYouthreach, Ballinrobe59
Mayo, Sligo and Leitrim ETBYouthreach, Kiltimagh35
Mayo, Sligo and Leitrim ETBYouthreach, Sligo53
Tipperary ETBYouthreach Cappawhite37
Tipperary ETBYouthreach Roscrea34
Tipperary ETBYouthreach Templemore37
Waterford and Wexford ETBYouthreach Dungarvan38
Waterford and Wexford ETBYouthreach Enniscorthy59
Waterford and Wexford ETBYouthreach Gorey79
Waterford and Wexford ETBYouthreach New Ross43
Waterford and Wexford ETBYouthreach Subla39
Waterford and Wexford ETBYouthreach Tramore33
Waterford and Wexford ETBYouthreach Waterford86
Waterford and Wexford ETBYouthreach Wexford46
 Total4,630