At the Bessborough Centre education is offered in a variety of ways from the secondary school to vocational adult learning and development courses.

Secondary School

The secondary school at the Bessborough Centre, supported by the Cork Education and Training Board, offers an opportunity for adults, young mums and pregnant teenagers to continue or return to education.

Full Leaving Certificate and Junior Certificate courses are taught over the course of just one year. As we are a registered Department of Education Exam centre, students undertake all state examinations on-site; their familiarity with their surroundings can help make exams less stressful for them.

Classes run from 9.30am to 1.00pm daily and students can avail of the on-site crèche facilities, study rooms and computers. The small size of the classes and the relaxed but focused atmosphere make the whole process less daunting for students returning to education and also offers the exceptional advantages of 1-to-1 tuition.

Job Ready Training

Working with Cork Education and Training Board and the Department of Social Protection we also provide learner-centred vocational training in a stimulating and supportive environment.

The Centre provides a flexible Local Training Initiative (LTI) in Horticulture (QQI Level 4) for unemployed persons. The LTI programme is designed to provide opportunities for learners who are unable to participate in other training interventions for personal, social or geographic reasons. The initiative is targeted primarily to people with no formal qualifications. Anyone who is unemployed and over the age of 18 is eligible. The LTI provides vocational training opportunities in Horticulture and learning supports and project-based learning to assist participants achieve QQI Level 4 and to develop the capacity to progress to further training, education and work. More information can be found at LTI in Horticulture Brochure

We also sponsor a Community Employment Scheme for long term unemployed persons where skilled staff help participants develop their full potential, gain nationally recognised qualifications and progress towards full employment or further education. The CE Scheme is designed to help people who are long-term unemployed and other disadvantaged people to get back to work by offering part-time and temporary placements in jobs.

For more information about training and education at the Bessborough Centre please contact Thomas Quigley at:

Regarding the Community Employment (CE) scheme at the Bessborough Centre please contact Colman Stack at: