National Learning Network

National Learning Network

The National Learning Network offers flexible training courses and support services for people who will benefit from specialist support (those with a disability, mental health issues, illness or additional support needs).  There are over 50 centres around the country providing a variety of certified training courses for people who are unemployed and need skills training to get back to work. Jobseekers benefits and allowances are not affected by participating in any of these courses. Courses are delivered through blended learning, which means a mixture of on-site and off-site training.

What are the benefits of NLN training courses?

  • Closely aligned to the Irish labour market, they give practical skills and experience to trainees
  • They offer nationally recognised  QQI, ECDL and City & Guilds qualifications
  • They are FREE, with Jobseekers able to keep their allowances and benefits for the duration of the course
  • They offer one-to-one training support, career guidance and advice and personal development modules. This helps build learners confidence and provides the practical skills needed to apply for jobs and succeed at interviews.
  • Courses are designed for jobseekers: Full-time duration lasting 12-24 months.
  • Work placement – choose the industry you want to work in.  The Employer Based Training courses combine practical on-the-job training with in-centre learning to improve your chances of getting a job when you finish the course
  • NLN offer a range of training options, In-centre training, blended learning:  learning in a training centre combined with training in a learner’s local community, online training from the home or skills training in a work environment
  • Courses include modules on CV development and writing cover letters, applying for jobs, securing and successfully completing interviews. Instructors will guide you on how to find jobs that suit your skill set and help you apply for jobs.

NLN Supports

  • Learning supports: a dedicated key worker to support you, literacy and numeracy skills training, basic I.T.  skills training, are available to all students who require extra supports
  • Job seeking skills training: CV development, interview skills training, job search methods, support to find suitable further education and training options
  • Removal of barriers to learning:  offering advice and help on how to access allowances and support agencies in your local area such as community welfare groups, you local Intreo office, medical supports, transport links etc.  Courses are flexible, allowing you to make necessary appointments.
  • Certified Courses available: Art, Craft and Media, Business Studies, Computers and IT, Catering and Culinary Skills, Tourism & Hospitality, Sport & Leisure, Horticulture and Environment, Career Exploration and Employment.

National Learning Network provides training and specialist support to people who, for a variety of reasons, may find it difficult to gain employment. Whatever your circumstances – whether you are long term unemployed, have an illness or a disability – National Learning Network can help you.

NLN offer over 70 different training courses from art and cookery to computer and business skills in centres throughout the country.

You can access training courses in a variety of ways: in your local centre, with a local employer; or even from the comfort of your own home. All National Learning Network courses are funded through SOLAS or the Health Service Executive and therefore most students receive an allowance for participation.

NLN Opportunities

National Learning Network has a wide range of training and further education courses that can open the door to exciting new careers and employment opportunities for you. From business and computer skills, through to graphic design, art and leisure studies, National Learning Network has the course where you can achieve your potential. The courses offer a variety of awards including FETAC (Level 1-6), ECDL, MOS and City & Guilds. National Learning Network facilitates students to recognise previous learning in order to gain a credit towards a full award.

The vocational courses are funded by SOLAS and cover areas such as:

  • Arts
  • Craft and Media
  • Catering, Tourism
  • Hospitality and Leisure
  • Business Studies and Administration
  • Computer and IT
  • Horticulture and Environment
  • Career Exploration and Employment.

NLN also offer a large number of rehabilitative training courses which  assist students in improving the quality of their lives. This is achieved through greater inclusion and involvement with the local community and through learning new skills. The rehabilitative courses are funded by the HSE.

More Information:
National Learning Network
Roslyn Park College, Sandymount, Dublin 4
Email: [email protected]
Tel: 01-2613400

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