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Local Training Initiative

The Local Training Initiative (LTI) is a project-based training and work experience programme delivered at a local level by community groups. 

Kare's fully-funded LTI programme offers a QQI-accredited Level 5 Major Award in Intellectual Disabilities Practice. 

This comprehensive programme provides the knowledge, training and experience needed to build a rewarding career supporting people with intellectual disabilities.  

About the Course

The LTI in Intellectual Disabilities Practice at Kare runs over 52 weeks. Students are based at Kare's McMahon Centre in Kilcullen, with opportunities for work experience in other locations across Kare's catchment area.

The course can be used as a foundation for third level studies, with many students going on to pursue careers in nursing, play therapy and social care.


  • Communications

  • Word Processing

  • Intellectual Disabilities Studies

  • Social Studies

  • Facilitating Learning

  • Empowering the Individual

  • Community Inclusion

  • Work Experience


  • First Aid

  • EpiPen Administration

  • People Moving & Handling

  • Crisis Prevention

  • Lámh Signs

  • Picture Exchange Communication

  • Safe Administration of Medication

Who Can Apply? 

The LTI in Intellectual Disabilities Practice is open to everyone, including school leavers, those who have been out of education and those looking to change their career path. 

The course is fully-funded by the Kildare and Wicklow Education and Training Board (KWETB). Applicants who are currently receiving a social welfare benefit can transfer to a training allowance. 

Hear from LTI Graduates

"I had always had an interest in working in social care but had no idea how to get into the area with no qualifications and did not want to commit to the cost and time of college."

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"I had spent most of my working life in the Industrial Automation Industry, however I'd always wanted to try something different before I retired."

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"Coming from a job where I had no need to use technology, I was apprehensive about using a laptop for the assignments, but the support given by the facilitators was excellent​."

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"This programme has changed my life and I’m only sorry that I didn’t do it years ago. I am now doing a job that I love and it took the course to show me where I could use my skills and knowledge best."


How to apply

Denise Kemmy, LTI Coordinator

Phone: 087 477 5026


Click here to register your interest in the LTI or contact:

"I have secured a full time position at Kare, doing a job I absolutely love. I would recommend this programme to anyone who is interested in working with people with intellectual disabilities."


Tom McKenna - LTI Student 2019/2020

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