About the CTC

Community Training Centres provide a unique opportunity for young people to finish their secondary level education in a way that works better for them. Being part of Youth-Reach, we are aware that mainstream school does not suit every young person.

We are very experienced at tailored our training to suit the individual needs, interests and ambitions of young people aged between 16-21 years and we will ensure they achieve their full potential. Our training is based on the QQI (FETAC) system and we offer four major awards.

What the CTC can offer people

Many young people love animals and in particular horses. Our equine training modules enable us to combine a young person’s love for animals with achieving a QQI level 4 major award. We offer a lot of extracurricular activities as part of our training programme. We work closely with the youth services on site and we regularly get involved in their outdoor education programmes and activities.

Our numbers are low compared with secondary schools and this enables us to offer a lot more individual time and support to each Learner.

We offer a range of specialist supports including literacy, numeracy, counselling, career guidance and employability mentoring. Every year we attend a wide range of college open days and there is always something to suit everyone.

CTC Supports

The Cherry Orchard Equine Centre is dedicated to supporting young people further their training and employment opportunities through a variety of services.

We offer a variety of services including financial supports and mental health services.

Meet the CTC Team

Our Board

We have a dedicated board who provide huge support to the team. This is made possible by the expertise, knowledge and experience provided by our board of trustees in governing the Community Training Centre charity and overseeing the work we do here.

Our work would not be possible without them.


Dolores O’Neill


George Flynn

Community Representative / Youth Sector

Patrick Cullen

Industry Representative / IT Sector

Helen Mahon


Patricia Williams