Education & Employment Services




Childcare Training

The Childcare programme offers a variety of modules such as child development, early childhood education and caring for children. It is suitable for people hoping to gain employment in the childcare area, or for parents’ personal development.

BTEI (Back to Education Initiative) under the VEC provide this programme two mornings a week from the Fr McGrath Centre, leading to a full Fetac Level 5 award.

This programme is free to eligible participants.

For more details contact Wendy Taylor on 056 7751988 ext. 7

Computer Training

A variety of affordable computer programmes are on offer from the Kilkenny Multimedia Centre to meet individual and group needs. These include ECDL (European Computer Driving Licence) and cover a range from beginners to advanced level. Funding for the ECDL course may be available for the unemployed persons (please check the eligibility with FAS).

We also offer other related computer supports such as searching the internet, setting up emails and using Skype and other Social Media programmes. Kilkenny Multimedia Centre opening times are 9.30 – 1pm. Drop-in service from Monday to Thursday between 1.00 – 2.00 pm.

For more information please contact Liz Hogan on 056 7751988 ext.4 (direct line 056 7752144)



Community Employment (CE Scheme)

St. Canices Community Employment Training Ltd is a Community Employment Scheme whose main objective is to provide training opportunities and work experience to unemployed people experiencing difficulties preventing them from returning or entering the labour market.

Our aim is to utilise the Community Employment Trainee positions to support the efforts of communities and supporting organisations to develop socially and community beneficial projects that support families, adults, children, the unemployed and local neighbourhoods.

Over the life of our Community Employment Schemes hundreds of people have received training and moved on to full-time employment, part-time employment or further education opportunities. Many of them are now employed as part of the Childcare, IT Training or other Education and Social Enterprises now operating from the Fr.McGrath Centre or our outreach projects.

St. Canices Community Employment Training Ltd. has been operating FÁS Community Employment Schemes since January 2005. Trainees gain valuable work experience, complete a variety of employment enhancement training and help serve and support hundreds of Kilkenny Families and Children with high support needs in marginalised housing areas in the City. The Community Employment Trainees gain work experience and training in the following areas: Childcare Community I.T. Office Support Project Worker Maintenance/Caretaker After Schools Programmes Homework Club

For more information contact:

Paul Kealy
St. Canices Community Employment Training Ltd
Fr. McGrath Centre,
St. Joseph’s Road, Kilkenny
Tel. 056 7751988 ext 5
Web: Community Employment Programme

Employment Preparation

Kilkenny Multimedia Centre offers free support with writing Curriculum Vitaes and cover letters. Drop-in service from Monday to Thursday between 1.00 – 2.00 pm.

Also the newly open premises of Kilkenny Jobs Club provide job focused training programmes to help people get back into employment. Wide range of IT resources and employment training advice and services are available to unemployed people.


Kilkenny Job Club

Located on Friary Street, the Job Club offers employment preparation programmes and has job searching facilities as part of a State Street funded IT Suite. Programmes are three weeks long, and run in both morning and afternoon. The workshops are FREE and are open to all unemployed people. The services includes:

  • Job search support
  • CV and Cover Letters
  • Interview skills
  • Communications
  • Wifi and IT suite
  • Networking
  • Ongoing support
  • Supported IT training

Contact Details

Address: 44 Friary Street, Kilkenny
Telephone: 056 7756043
Twitter: @KilkennyJobclub
Contact: Jo Conroy, Patricia Duffe (Kilkenny Job Club Coordinators)
Opening Times: 9am – 5pm.

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Local Training Initiative (LTI)

LTI is a 40 week programme which runs over 5 half days per week and provides participants with a FETAC level 4 certificate and some useful work experience. Modules covered during this training are:

  • Horticulture
  • Woodwork
  • Communications
  • Employment preparation

For the duration of the course participants will be paid the equivalent of their social welfare payment from FAS , those in receipt of payments for over 12 months may be eligible to receive a training allowance top up of €20.00

This programme is run twice a year between Fr McGrath FRC and Newpark FRC in Kilkenny.

For more details contact Wendy Taylor on 056 7751988 ext 7.


College Placements / Work Experience

College placements are catered for and are offered a wide variety of learning opportunities through our organisation. However, due to procedures and the need to provide good feedback and support, we can only cater for a limited number. Applicants are asked to apply in writing with curriculum vitae to the relevant department.
For further information please contact Wendy Taylor on 056 7751988 ext. 7.