Life Long Learning

There is no end to education.

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The Right Course

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The Springboard+ upskilling initiative in higher education offers free and subsidised courses at certificate, degree and masters level leading to qualifications in areas where there are employment opportunities in the economy.

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Skillnet Learning Networks focus their activities specifically in areas where skills deficits have been highlighted by enterprise and that offer the best career progression opportunities for learners.  If you are an employee, training provided through Skillnet Ireland will provide you with the opportunity to reskill and progress in your career.

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Further Education and Training or FET, offers a wide variety of life-long education options to anyone over 16. FET includes apprenticeships, traineeships, Post Leaving Cert (PLC) courses, community and adult education as well as core literacy and numeracy services.  FET courses are provided at levels one to six on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).

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Design and Crafts Council Ireland

The Education Panel is an important resource of experienced designers and craftspeople who are passionate about their practice and committed to sharing their expertise with others and the education panel deliver educational projects for people of all ages and abilities.

Staff Picks

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What is life long learning?

All you need is imagination!

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Life Long Learning in Later Life

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The Benefits of Life Long Learning

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How do I get Started?

Music Lessons

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Coursera collaborate with 200 leading universities and companies and you can start streaming on-demand video lectures today from top instructors in subjects like such as business, computer science, data science, language learning and more.

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Dash is a fun and free online course that teaches you the basics of web development through projects you can do in your browser.  

General Assembly is a pioneer in education and career transformation, providing training in today’s most in-demand skills.

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Skillshare is an online learning community with thousands of classes for creative and curious people, on topics including illustration, design, photography, video, freelancing, and more

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Lynda - Linkedin Learning is a leading online learning platform that helps anyone learn business, software, technology and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals. Through individual, corporate, academic and government subscriptions, members have access to a video library of engaging, top-quality courses taught by recognized industry experts.

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Future Learn

Learn 100% online with world class universities and industry experts. Develop hobbies, new skills and career-changing expertise with FutureLearn flexible courses.

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UDEMY is a global marketplace for learning and instruction and connects students all over the world to the instructors. 

Talent is universal but opportunities are not.  With access to online education, resources and instruction anyone, anywhere can gain skills.


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“Study without desire spoils the memory, and it retains nothing that it takes in.

Leonardi de Vinci

New Meals on Wheels Network Website and Interactive Service Map Launched

Irish Rural Link (IRL)– the national network representing the interest of rural communities, launched its new Meals on Wheels Network website and Interactive Service Map on Monday last, 6th September 2021

Enterprise Ireland & IDA Trade Mission to UK, France and Germany

Enterprise Ireland’s trade mission to the UK, France and Germany, took place on Monday, 6th September. The three-day trade mission, visiting London, Paris and Berlin, will support the accelerated export-led recovery of Irish businesses in the UK and Eurozone,...

Government announces €38 million for capital works and equipment in higher education sector

Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris T.D., has today announced an additional €38 million for higher education institutions for the 2021-2022 academic year. The devolved capital grant allocation will facilitate...

Learning and Supports Scheme for measures to mitigate learning loss and provide targeted additional teaching supports for students following Covid-19 school closures

A new Covid Learning and Supports Scheme (CLASS) that will mitigate the impact to students’ learning and wellbeing of Covid-19 closures and restrictions.  This fund will bring to €102.6 million the additional supports put in place in 2021 to mitigate learning loss and...

Government Publishes Views on Right to Request Remote Work

Views from members of the public and stakeholder groups on the right to request remote work have been published by the Government. Ireland’s first National Remote Work Strategy was published earlier this year with the objective of making remote and blended working a...

Government announces €8.8 million in funding under the Connected Hubs Scheme

The government have announced over €8.8 million in funding under the Connected Hubs Scheme – a key deliverable of Our Rural Future. The funding will enable existing hubs and broadband connection points to enhance and add capacity to remote working infrastructure in...

Minister Foley confirms plans for full reopening of schools for the new school year

Minister for Education Norma Foley TD today brought a memo to Cabinet which confirms that plans are in place to support the full reopening of schools in time for the start of the new school year at the end of August/start of September 2021. As has been the case...

Update on CUA Technological University Project

The Connacht-Ulster Alliance (CUA) of GMIT, LYIT and IT Sligo have reached a significant milestone of meeting the Technological University (TU) criteria.  In May 2021, the alliance formally submitted its application to become a Technological University. An...

39 organisations to benefit from participation in €100,000 Non-Mainstream Music Education Bursary Scheme

The Non-Mainstream Music Education Bursary scheme provides a means, by way of a small cash grant, to support music education and music initiatives to continue to cultivate the talent of our young musicians. These organisations, groups and individuals provide access to...

Staff and students to join pilot rapid testing project on 4 college campuses

Staff and students encouraged to log onto this website The government are urging staff and students to volunteer to be part of rapid testing and other testing surveillance systems on college campuses. The project, called UniCoV, will conduct a large-scale analysis of...


September 2021

Round 1 offers available online - also issued by email and sms text.  Applicants who have not received an offer will receive a 'Statement of Application' email.



September 2021


Available place facility opens.



September 2021


Round 1 Acceptance Offer Closing Date.


September 2021

Round 2 Offers Available online.


September 2021


Round 2 Offers Acceptances closes.


September 2021 

Round 3 offers available online - applicants will also receive an offer by email and sms text.


September 2021

Round 3 Acceptance Closes.


October 2021


Round 4 Offers available online - offers will also by send by email and sms text.


October 2021

Round 4 acceptances closing date.


October 2021

Round 5 Offers Available online - offers will also be notified by email and by sms text.


October 2021


Round 5 Offers acceptances closing date.


October 2021

HEIs begin registration.

Results of Leaving Certificate appeals released.