About Us…

Derry Youth & Community Workshop is one of the most successful training organisations in Northern Ireland.

At DYCW we believe that development isn’t restricted to training as we create a culture and environment that helps our students grow in their own ability, skills, confidence, tolerance, commitment, initiative, understanding, self-control, motivation and much more.

  • Winner of Professional Service Excellence Award 2014
  • Winner of Best Social Enterprise Award 2015
  • Essential Skills Tutor winner of Lions Award
  • 8 TFS Students have achieved Gold Medals For Excellence over the last 7 years
  • One of our Employer partners finalist in prestigious VQ Awards
  • Staff highly trained with full teacher training, Autism Awareness & POVCA
  • Dedicated in-house counsellor
  • Extensive employer network
  • Mentoring & Support
  • Class sizes are small guaranteeing one-to-one tuition
  • 95% of students achieving qualifications
  • Flexibility of sampling vocational areas
  • Member of Disability Employment Network
  • From April 2018 Learning North West / Engage have had 68 enrolments with 9 moving into employment
  • From April 2018 Lemis North West / Job Assist programme have engaged 633 clients with 274 moving into employment
  • In-house simulated retail shop
  • In-house hair dressing salon which is open to the public


Derry Youth & Community Workshop are delighted that over the past 7 years learners have received the City and Guilds Medal for Excellence for their high standards of work in their Retail, Customer Service and Essential Skills qualifications.

Within the past two years winners of the City and Guilds Medal for Excellence have also received special prizes from the City and Guilds Livery Companies:

John Hallissey received the Lions Award presented by HRH The Princess Royal at the Guildhall in London.

Rebecca Mc Menamin received a Master Certificate Scheme from Livery Companies Skills Council and the City and Guilds London Insitiute Livery Company Prizes presented by Lord Mayor of London at Carpenter’s Hall.

I feel in the time I have been with Derry Youth and Community Workshop I have gained a lot of skills and experience. Derry Youth feels like a second family to me.

Qualifications Completions for 2018

Essential Skills

65 learners completed Essential skills qualification.

Vocational Skills

75 learners have completed qualifications.

Employability Skills & Personal Social Skills

23 learners gained certifications in the area of Employability skills and personal & social skills qualifications.

Short Training Courses

193 learners gained qualifications in a number of different areas.

Trainee of the Month

To show recognition for trainee progress in both training and work placement, DYCW tutors continue to nominate learners to be awarded for Trainee of the Month where they receive certificate and

£50 bonus.