Official Opening of new premises for Cootehill Youthreach Centre

October 2, 2020

Cootehill Youthreach formally acknowledged the opening of their new premises with an official ribbon-cutting ceremony. The new premises based on Drumlin Drive in Cootehill was officially opened by Cllr Clifford Kelly (Chairperson, CMETB ) and John Kearney (Chief Executive, CMETB).

Cootehill Youthreach Co-ordinator, Mike Durkan, explained the significance of the event: “It’s an important day because we are marking the movement from Market Street to our new premises. This year Youthreach will be 20 years in Cootehill. SOLAS granted funding for a new building last year. It’s important that the community and the county know we are open for business.”

Youthreach is the full-time training and education programme for early school leavers aged between 15 and 20 years. It offers a flexible and dynamic programme of integrated general education, vocational training and work experience. The service recently returned to providing full-time education training to learners, working with them to set personal and educational goals to increase self-esteem, skill and their knowledge base.

The 2020 Cootehill learners are settling in to their new location, Mike continued:  “We are up and running for the last number of weeks. We have the capacity of more students. We deliver Level 3 and 4 QQI certified courses  for students who may have left school early. We still have limited spaces if there are any students interested in joining.”

The Youthreach Co-ordinator says the new building is proving to be very popular: “It’s well resourced. We got additional funding for technology. Every learner and staff member have their own device. Dr Linda Pinkster, Director of Further Education and Training at CMETB said:  “I am delighted for all the staff and learners at Cootehill Youthreach that they now have a beautiful new centre in which to work, learn and enjoy the many opportunities that Youthreach offers.”

The Youthreach programme holds up the aspirations of the national plan of promoting independence, personal autonomy and a pattern of lifelong learning. Youthreach aims to integrate learners into further education and training opportunities and promote active citizenship and social inclusion.
Under CMETB, there are currently three Youthreach centres in Co Cavan, located in Cavan Town, Cootehill and Kingscourt and three Youthreach centres in Co Monaghan, located in Monaghan Town, Castleblayney and Carrickmacross.
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