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The Support Training and Enterprise Programme (STEP), run by the YMCA, is a FREE training programme, that allows young adults to gain relevant and meaningful training and work experience while earning money.

Please make sure to get your applications in early to avoid disappointment.  Courses now run from September to June and applications are accepted throughout the year.

This 1 year QQI Level 4 programme has core modules in Communications; Work Preparation and Experience; Euopean Computer Driving License (ECDL); Digital Media; Teamwork; Customer Service and Maths.

STEP trainees also receive additional information in health, personal, and social skills.

Application form and Contact Information: STEP,  Dublin YMCA, Aungier Street, Dublin 2

Tel: 01 4782607; E-mail:



STEP was launched in 1989 as a pre-vocational training programme for 18-25 year olds who were both educationally disadvantaged and long term unemployed.  The  programme is aimed at early school leavers, who frequently remain on the margins of the labour force, often hindered by weak interpersonal skills, poor qualifications, a lack of confidence and consequent poor motivation.

Over its 25 years STEP has always sought to be flexible so that it can respond to the needs of young people.  In the area of Technology it has recently introduced an Intranet site for STEP trainees where they can register on-line, maintain their training records as well as participate in an on-line community with trainees from around Ireland.  U Connect, a solution focused model allows young people to set goals for their lives in a number of areas and in the area of teaching methodologies.  The centre has an interactive whiteboard which is an amazing asset to have in the classroom for trainers and trainees alike.

The programme offers accreditation through the European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) and QQI along with soft skills training.

Our Mission

STEP provides the opportunity for young people to identify and overcome personal barriers to learning and employment.

STEP supports the development of the skills, knowledge and attitudes needed for working life in an open, creative and inclusive learning environment.

As a YMCA programme STEP offers a holistic approach to personal development i.e. in body, mind and spirit.


Educational & Training Aims / STEP goals

1.) To respond creatively to support the progression of personal, learning
and employment needs of participants.

2.) To help young people to recognise, understand and be able to respond to
their needs of body, mind and spirit.

3.) To resource the development and maintenance of constructive
relationships within personal, social and working lives.

4.) To enable young people to participate creatively in identifying owning
and realising their learning goals.

5.) To encourage participants to engage in the activities, programmes and
management of the local YMCA.

STEP Gallery 2016-2017

Latest pictures of our STEP students and their graduation.

Find out what they are saying about the STEP program at YMCA Dublin.

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“The STEP programme is different to other education because there isn't a large group of people and it’s easier to learn. The course has given me the confidence to know that I can go into a work environment and do what I have to do and not hide behind other people, It gave me confidence in my own ability and I'm now looking to go on to further education.”

Our funders and partners

This project is co-funded by the Irish Goverment and the European Union under the European Social Fund

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