Other programmes

CDETB provides a wide range of programmes targetted at specific groups.  These programmes are listed alphabetically below.  Click on the links for more information.



Artsquad is a Community Employment Scheme involved with Community Art/Culture Projects in the greater Dublin area. CDETB sponsors two Artsquads – one based in Liberties College and one in Finglas. Artsquad employs artists and art workers to develop a variety of creative projects with voluntary, charity and community groups. It also offers its services to schools, day care centres and hospitals.

Activities include:

  • Murals
  • Music
  • Sculpture
  • Craft workshops
  • Painting
  • Computer graphics
  • Batik
  • Festivals and exhibitions
  • Ceramics

Contact Details:
City Artsquad, Liberties College, Bull Alley Street, Dublin 8.
Tel:(01) 454 7026

Finglas Artsquad, Finglas Shopping Centre, Dublin 11
Tel: (01) 834 3950

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The Bridge Project is a community-based alternative to custody for adult males with a history of offending. It serves the Greater Dublin Metropolitan Area and is based in Dublin city centre. Bridge is a limited company with charitable status and is overseen by a voluntary Board comprising of inter-agency representatives including the Probation Service and the CDETB – both core funders for the project. Participants can be referred directly from the Courts, the prison service or Probation Officers.

Bridge provides a range of services to participants that are delivered by a multi-disciplinary team including Probation Officers, education staff, key workers, Community Employment personnel as well as volunteers. The core phased progression programme in Bridge is known as ‘Change Works’ and provides a number of options for each participant to avail of. Based on a comprehensive needs assessment, an individual learning programme is put in place for each participant which includes some mandatory and elective modules.

Phase One of Change Works involves one to one work and is designed to remove the obstacles that may prevent participants from engaging fully in group work sessions in Phase Two – the educational component. Phase Three is all about progression and includes the possibility of securing a place on our in-house Community Employment scheme, engagement in our social enterprise initiatives as well as progression onto further education or employment.

CDETB and project staff work with participants on an individual basis to provide the advice, information and support necessary to enable participants access training, education or employment. All participants have access to one-to-one literacy tuition from the time they are accepted onto our programme. In addition an education-based CE scheme enables participants to work on FETAC accredited modules in Communications, Maths, Food and Nutrition, Computers and other courses.

For further information on Bridge and our work, visit our website at www.bridge.ie or contact us on 01 8780901.

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Drug Treatment Centre

The Drug Treatment Court is a court-supervised treatment programme to help drug dependent offenders to address their addictions and offending behaviours. Those who can apply must be over 17 years of age and have pleaded guilty to a non-violent crime in the Dublin District Court.

The programme provides:

  •  Adult Guidance Counselling for each client.
  • A specialised educational programme specific to the Drug Treatment Court which includes FETAC accreditation in literacy, numeracy, computers, health and fitness, art, food and nutrition, work preparation, personal effectiveness.
  • A Skills Programme which includes nutrition and health, time management, health and fitness, communication skills, stress management, meditation, outdoor pursuits, peer support and addiction awareness.
  • Advice placement and ongoing liaison/support to clients when referred to other education, training or work placements.
  • Evaluation and review of progress of every client to the Drug Treatment Court.

For more information contact the Coordinator at (01)8746642 or Fax(01) 8741414

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Education Service to Prisons

CDETB provides a comprehensive education service to the seven (7) prisons in Dublin ranging from basic education level to FETAC/Junior Cert/ Leaving Cert, ECDL, MOS and Degree Level (Open University) with a particularly strong emphasis on Literacy and Creative Arts e.g. Art, Music, Drama, Writing etc. A great deal of expertise and resources has been built up over the years by teachers and a number of publications have been produced based on the work of students and teachers.

 Contact Information
Organiser of Education: Stephen O’Connor
CDETB Teachers Centre, Mountjoy Prison,North Circular Road, Dublin 7
Tel: (01) 806 2833Fax: (01) 830 1175

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English for Speakers of Other Languages

In response to the language needs of Dublin’s migrant communities, CDETB provides language programmes at various levels in its colleges and in the community.

ESOL, or English for Speakers of Other Languages, incorporates communicative language techniques for mixed levels and uses cross-cultural approaches that recognise a learner’s other languages/cultures.

This work is supported by the ESOL Co-ordination team based in Parnell Adult Learning Centre who co-ordinate provision, support teachers and tutors, develop programmes and resources and advise on policy in relation to second level, further and adult education. 

Contact Information
Parnell Adult Learning Centre, 1 Parnell Square, Dublin 1.
Tel: (01) 874 6607

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Foundations Project

CDETB is working in partnership with the homeless services and other agencies to increase access to education for those who are homeless. The Foundations Project offers programmes for adults and children who are using homeless services.

 Services for adults include:

  •  Adult Education Programmes offered in Parnell Adult Education Centre, including Computers, Photography, Art, Interpersonal Skills, Healthy Living, Literacy, etc. (Some courses are FETAC certified).
  • Outreach Programmes offered on-site in hostels and other homeless services, including Computers, Life Skills, Health and Fitness, etc.
  • An Educational Advice and Information Service which refers students on to other education centres, college courses and arranges Education Guidance appointments, etc.
  • A Settlement Skills Programme is also offered to help prepare people for re-settlement. This includes areas such as Communication Skills, Cookery, Budgeting, etc.
  • Services for families/children include:
  • After-schools Group (5 -9 years) (in the Parish Centre on Manor St. in Dublin 7)
  • Youth Group (10 -14 years) (in Tilly’s; 16, Sean McDermott St.)
  • An outreach Book Club for children living in emergency accommodation.
  • A five-week Summer Project with outings etc.
  • One-to-one education support for children where needed.
Contact Information
Parnell Adult Learning Centre, 1 Parnell Square, Dublin 1
Tel: (01) 873 6012
Fax: (01) 878 6658

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CDETB Music Centre is a music school based in Kylemore College, Ballyfermot. Tuition is offered in a wide range of instruments, including piano, violin, viola, cello, double bass, harp, guitar, flute, recorder, clarinet, saxophone, oboe, trumpet, trombone, drums, percussion, voice, and speech and drama.

We also provide tuition in music theory (Associated Board), along with classes in Junior and Leaving Cert Music. In addition, the Music Centre’s solo musicians, orchestra, instrumental ensembles and vocal groups perform regularly in Kylemore and at prestige venues such as the National Concert Hall.

Contact Infomaton
Kylemore College Music Office: 623 9187
Kylemore College General Office: 626 5901

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Pathways Centre

Founded in 1996, the Pathways Centre is an outreach initiative of the CDETB’s Education Service to Prisons. The centre offers respite to former prisoners in the crucial period after release by providing information, education, counselling, support and referral in a safe and understanding environment.

Contact Infomation
Manager, Niall Walsh
1a Parnell Court, Granby Row, Dublin 1.
Tel: (01) – 872 6499
Fax: (01) 8726194
Email: info@pathwayscentre.ie
Web: www.pathwayscentre.ie

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Separated Children

The CDETB Separated Children’s Service has been working with Separated Children Sealing Asylum (SCSA) since 2001 and provides a youth and education service to SCSA and young people from refugee backgrounds.

Its aim is to empower separated children and young people aged 10-21 to live independent and healthy lives and to integrate into and participate fully in society.

Its services for young people include a Refugee Access Programme and RAP Youth Club, a Study Buddy Programme, an Outreach Programme and a Drop In. The service has produced a range of classroom materials.

For more information: Tel: (01) 498 9500 or visit www.separatedchildrenservice.ie

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SKILLETB is a consortium of all 16 ETB’s, led by the City of Dublin Education and Training Board (CDETB).

The Health Services Executive (HSE) went through a process of identifying the skills that it deemed necessary for its Support Staff and their Supervisors to have. They did this through the SKILL (Securing Knowledge Intra Lifelong Learning) Project. The aim of the SKILL Project is to educate, develop and train support staff in the health services to the optimum of their abilities in order to enhance their role in the quality of service to patients/clients

The SKILLETB programme was set up to devise and deliver 2 sector-specific, FETAC-certified courses/awards to these health service staff on a national basis. All FETAC qualifications are awarded by Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI).

Award: Health Service Skills:

This Level 5 programme was devised for Support Staff from a variety of different backgrounds in the HSE. It is being offered as a core of mandatory modules with a number of varying elective modules to meet specific job requirements within the service.

Award: Health Services Supervisory Management Skills:

This Supervisors Programme is at FETAC Level 6.

For further information contact SKILLETB National Coordinator Brenda O’Mara.

Tel:        01 8322835

Email:    brenda.omara@skilletb.cdetb.ie

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Workplace Basic Education

The City of Dublin Education and Training Board has been at the forefront of providing quality workplace education programmes from basic level through to QQI accredited level within the workplace.

CDETB has worked and continues to work collaboratively with many agencies, such as local Partnerships, employers, employees, local government, unions and organisations throughout Dublin promoting, designing, tailoring, delivering and evaluating workplace education courses, accredited non accredited and employee specific.

CDETB has assisted many companies, both public and private, in order to identify training needs within their organisation. CDETB has managed and delivered courses for employers such as Dublin City Council, An Post, Irish Rail, Mondeleze, Boots, Arnotts and Brennans Bakery.

Organisations may be eligible for government funding up to 100%. To arrange a Workplace Education programme within the Dublin area or for further information see contact details below.

Contact Information
City of Dublin Workplace Education Co-ordinator: Joan Devlin
Tel: (01) 862 3828

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