Training Services

Apprenticeship Support & Administration

Apprenticeship is the recognised means by which people are trained to become craftspeople in Ireland. The main craft trades have been designated by SOLAS and come within the scope of the Statutory Apprenticeship system. Tipperary Education and Training Board supports Employers and Apprentices throughout a four-year training period. Apprentices receive training both on the job and in Training Centres and Institutes of Technology. Apprenticeships are supported in Tipperary by over 200 employers assisting apprentices in the traditional trades of electrician, motor mechanic, plumbing, and carpentry, for example. There are three staff in Tipperary ETB dealing with apprenticeships.

Community Training Centres

“CTCs” are co-funded by the Irish Government, the European Social Fund and the Youth Employment Initiative as part of the ESF Programme for Employability Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020.

Community Training Centres are an independent community based organisation, catering for the training and employment needs of early school leavers, primarily aged between 16 and 21. Examples of programmes offered include employability skills, personal and social employment skills and science skills. Courses are generally one year in duration, are full-time and lead to major QQI Awards at levels 3 and 4. There are three CTCs now funded by Tipperary ETB and they are located in Clonmel, Thurles and Nenagh.

Local Training Initiatives

The Local Training Initiatives are project-based training and work experience programme carried out in the local community and run by local community groups throughout Tipperary. It is designed for people who are unemployed, and who are experiencing difficulty in gaining entry to the labour market. Local Training Initiatives support many organisations. Courses are QQI accredited, full-time and delivered all year round. Local Training Initiatives are 30 week courses in with a specific focus delivered in the following locations:

COSDA – Landscaping and General Studies Level 5 Carrick on Suir
Knockanrawley Resource Centre – Pathways to Employment Level 4 Tipperary
Spafield Family Resource Centre – Pathways to Employment Level 4 Cashel
Tipperary Association for Special Needs – Early Childhood Care & Education Level 5 Cashel
Waterford and South Tipperary Youth Services – Making Connections South Tipperary Level 3 Clonmel
Cahir Development Association – Pathways to Employment Level 4 Cahir
Littleton – Sports and Recreation Level 4 Littleton

Specialist Training Provider

STP programmes in Tipperary are delivered to people with disabilities who may require more intensive support. The features of this specialist vocational training include: longer duration; adapted equipment; transport arrangements; enhanced programme content. Examples include ICT and vocational multi-skills. Our courses are delivered all year round and lead to QQI accreditation.. There are two specialist Training Providers in Clonmel: National Learning Network and Cluain Training.

Contracted Training

“Contracted Training” is co-funded by the Irish Government, the European Social Fund and the Youth Employment Initiative as part of the ESF Programme for Employability Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020.

Day courses are designed to provide learners with a range of employability related skills and formal Vocational qualifications to facilitate those entering the labour market for the first time and also persons wishing to up-date or acquire new skills. Contracted Training relates to courses delivered by contracted trainers who have been awarded a tender to deliver in various locations in the county. At the moment, there are courses taking place or planned for Clonmel, Nenagh, Carrick-on-Suir, Cahir, Thurles, Roscrea, Templemore and Tipperary Town. These courses are in the following skills: Certified Accountancy Pathway, Delivery Driver, HGV Rigid, HGV Artic, Logistics and Distribution, Forklift Operator, Retail Sales, Warehouse Operative, Bus-driving, Mini-bus driving, Cleanroom and Packaging Operations, Construction Ground Work Skills, Technical Employability Skills and Welding.

Training Staff 

The Training Service Manager is Matthew Ryan who can be contact at 052-6134338. For a full list of the training staff, please click here.


Please click here to get directions to our new Training Service offices in Archerstown Business Park, Thurles, Co. Tipperary , E41 YH58.


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