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.


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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).

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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)

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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