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

Minister Rabbitte to establish Working Group on Autism Innovation Strategy

Friday 02 April 2021 Minister of State with responsibility for Disability, Anne Rabbitte T.D., has on World Autism Awareness Day, announced her intention to establish a Working Group to develop an Autism Innovation Strategy.Minister Rabbitte made the announcement at...

Our Rural Future: Minister Humphreys announces details of new €70m Transitional LEADER Programme

 Friday 9th April 2021  Local Groups can apply for funding immediately A total of €70 million to support rural communities and enterprises Funding allocations for 29 Local Action Groups announced Ground-Up approach of LEADER a key plank of Our Rural Future The...

Professor Linda Doyle elected as Provost of Trinity

10 April 2021Professor Linda Doyle has been appointed as Provost of Trinity College.  Professor Doyle is an expert in the fields of wireless communications, cognitive radio, reconfigurable networks, spectrum management and creative arts practices.   and as well as...

Government Opens First Call for €100m Brexit Scheme for Agri-food Sector

Wednesday February 3, 2021 The Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar T.D. and the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Charlie Mc Conalogue T.D. today opened the first call for applications under the Government’s €100 million...

Tánaiste Announces €338,000 for New Technology Gateway to Help Business Become More Energy Efficient

Tuesday 30th March New Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateway for the North-East in Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) will focus on energy efficiency The Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade, and Employment, Leo Varadkar T.D. today announced funding of...

Funding for Further Education and Training sector

29 March 2021 ETBs to receive €8 million Devolved Capital Allocation for improvement works for Further Education and Training (FET) provision Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris TD and Minister of State for Skills...

Our Rural Future: Broadband roll-out and Remote Workers in rural communities

Monday, 29 March 2021   ·         Broadband roll-out to bring new opportunities in areas like eHealth, remote learning, online trading, and new technologies ·         Major focus on attracting Remote Workers to rural communities Our Rural Future, the most...

Hot School Meals Programme 2021: Record 35,000 students to benefit

Thursday, 25th March 2021 Programme to be rolled out in 189 primary schools across the country Research  finds programme impact positively on students’ attendance and physical and mental wellbeing Minister Humphreys announces that School Meals Funding will continue...

Changes for students living in direct provision

11 March 2021  Minister for Further and Higher Education, Simon Harris, T.D. and Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Roderic O’Gorman, T.D. have today announced changes to fee arrangements for students living in Direct Provision.  From...

Minister Harris urges people to have their say on Review of the Student Grant Scheme

12 March 2021  Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris TD today welcomed the start of a public consultation on the review of the Student Grant Scheme. This Review was committed to under the current Programme for...


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