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

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...

Progress made under 2020 Schools Energy Retrofit Pathfinder programme

Minister for Education Norma Foley TD and Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications Eamon Ryan TD have welcomed the progress made in upgrading the energy efficiency of seven schools under the 2020 Schools Energy Retrofit Pathfinder programme. As part of...

Seventh meeting held of Advisory Group on Planning for State Examinations 2021

The Department of Education today (Wednesday, 30 June 2021) hosted online the seventh meeting of the advisory group of stakeholders on planning for the State Examinations 2021. The group includes representatives of students, parents, teachers, school leadership and...

Innovative research project to support small schools in rural Ireland

A two-year action research project aimed at supporting small rural schools has been announced by the government. The innovative project aims to encourage small schools to cluster together in local groups, enabling them to collaborate and identify common challenges and...

NESC Report 154 – Digital Inclusion in Ireland: Connectivity, Devices, Skills

2 June 2021  The Government welcomes the publication of NESC’s Report No.154, Digital Inclusion in Ireland: Connectivity, Devices & Skills. This NESC report focuses on digital inclusion: the importance of ensuring that everyone can confidently and safely access...

Plan for Action Published on Collective Redundancies Following Insolvency

Wednesday 9 June 2021 Enhanced Protections and Greater Transparency for Employees Ministers of State in the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Robert Troy T.D. and Damien English T.D., published the Plan for Action on Collective Redundancies following...

€1.4 million to youth services to assist with re-opening

19 Jun 2021 €1.4 million is to be provided to frontline youth services and clubs nationally to support them as Covid-19 restrictions are being eased. The re-engagement and support of volunteers who are the backbone of youth services nationally is a key focus in...

Funding Approved for Youth Climate Justice Projects

Saturday 5th June 2021 The Youth Climate Justice Fund supports youth-led action on climate justice at community, regional and national level Minister Roderic O’Gorman awards funding to 14 projects proposed by 23 youth organisations Minister for Children, Equality,...

FAQ for Leaving Certificate 2021

3 June 2021 What date will the CAO Round 1 offers be delivered? On results day, which is expected to be Friday 3 September, in any subject where a candidate sits the examination and opts to receive Accredited Grades, they will be credited with the better of the two...


March 2021

Special schools at 100% capacity
Junior and senior infants, 1st and 2nd class to return to school
Final year Leaving Certificate classes to return to school


March 2021

Resumption of the ECCE programme and return to school of ECCE-age children


March 2021

3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th class return to school at primary level

5th year post-primary students to return to school


March  2021

Early learning and care, and school-age childcare services to reopen


April 2021


1st to 4th years post-primary return to school


Extended to 30June 2021

Pandemic Unemployment Payment 
Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme
COVID-19 Enhanced Illness Benefit 
Covid Restrictions Support Scheme 
Suspension of redundancy provisions 
Commercial rates waiver