March 14, 2023

LYS to MIC- Kate’s Journey

As part of Testimonial Tuesday, Kate Davis reflects on her educational journey from the Leaving Certificate Applied to studying for a degree at Mary Immaculate College.

Kate Davis, LCA Class of 2018

In 2018, I completed my Leaving Certificate Applied at Limerick Youth Service’s Community Training Centre and, as I look back at my time there, it (Limerick Youth Service), had a very positive impact on my life.

The level of kindness, care and motivation I received from staff impeccable.  I was always encouraged to continue with my education, especially throughout my pregnancy.

It is partly due to the flexibility and patience of my teachers, that I completed the LCA when my son was just four months old.

After graduating (from LYS), I studied at the Limerick College of Further Education and then progressed to Mary Immaculate College where I am in my find year studying for a Liberal Arts Degree.  During my time with MIC, I returned to Limerick Youth Service on placement- a surreal and amazing experience!

As I look at where I am now, I owe part of my academic accomplishments to the education and care I received with  Limerick Youth Service.

Kate (centre front row) proudly displays her LCA certificate with classmates and staff at LYS’ Community Training Centre

The Leaving Certificate Applied programme course is one of the many further education and training courses available with Limerick Youth Service’s Community Training Centre.
Further education and training courses were established in LYS in 1993 and 40 years later remain a key part of LYS and a viable option for young people who have left school early or are unemployed.
Limerick Youth Service’s Community Training Centre is supported by the Limerick & Clare Education & Training Board and, in 2023, is celebrating its 40th anniversary.
Limerick Youth Service is a proud member of Youth Work Ireland and the Irish Association of Community Training Organisations.
Now in its 50th year, Limerick Youth Service remains committed to connecting with young people and supporting them to reach their full potential.