Life Long Learning

There is no end to education.

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The Right Course

Below you can find course and training opportunities available to you or your employees. You’ll also find information on grants and other financial supports and career guidance.

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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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Teagasc is the state agency providing research, advisory and education in agriculture, horticulture, food and rural development in Ireland.

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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

Government announces new pay deal for Supervisors of Employment Support Schemes: 5% pay increase to benefit over 1,600 employees

Minister for Social Protection, Heather Humphreys TD, and Minister of State, Joe O’Brien TD, have announced a pay increase of five per cent for supervisors and team leaders of Employment Support Schemes. The pay deal will benefit over 1,600 employees of organisations...

Portumna shortlisted for two awards at the annual .IE Digital Town Awards

Congratulations to Portumna and the Galway Wild Geese team who are nominated as Finalists in the 2023 .IE Digital Town Awards. The .IE Digital Town Awards Gala event will take place at the Hodson Bay Hotel in Athlone on May 24,2024. Portumna are nominated this year...

€1.9M for primary and special schools in Galway

€29m has been allocated nationwide by the government for schools nationwide for maintenance and small-scale improvements to school buildings and grounds. Fianna Fáil in Government understand that such grants are a vital resource in terms of supporting the operation of...

500 construction jobs in the region and up to 1,000 high-tech graduate and technician level jobs for Athenry

US medical device company Dexcom has announced plans to invest €300 million over the next five years to build a new manufacturing site in Athenry, Co Galway, which it says will create “up to 1,000 high-skilled” jobs in the region. On Friday the...

Major Investment: Minister Rabbitte welcomes €300 million Dexcom investment in Athenry

Minister for Disability and Fianna Fáil TD for Galway East, Anne Rabbitte, has welcomed the major investment of €300 million at the IDA site in Athenry as US multinational Dexcom build a new facility in the town. Manufacturers of continuous glucose monitoring for...

Athenry, Co. Galway Shortlisted for .IE Awards – Community Digital – Ability and Accessibility

Congratulations to Athenry, The Galway Wild Geese and the local business owners and volunteers who have been shortlisted for .IE Awards 2022 under the category of Community Digital. Welcoming the news, Minister Rabbitte said: I am thrilled to see Athenry short-listed...

Minister Rabbitte opens new hub in Pfizer Ireland for people with intellectual disabilities

Minister Anne Rabbitte has opened a new hub in Pfizer Ireland, offering a paid internship for people with intellectual disabilities to learn about the world of work. The new hub has been created by WALK Ireland, in in partnership with Pfizer Ireland and CPL Ireland...

A further €17.8m invested in innovative and novel technologies under Calls 4 & 5 of the Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund bringing total investment from the fund to €306m

The Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Simon Coveney TD, the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris TD, and Minister of State for Trade Promotion, Digital and Company Regulation, Dara Calleary TD,...

Government announce €8 million capital funding for Further Education and Training sector

The devolved capital grant will give ETBs the discretion to make decisions around small-scale FET investment priorities at a local level. The funding can be used for small scale works including necessary infrastructure and improvement works, and for the purchase of...

Important Update on School Transport

The School Transport Family Portal is now open for new School Transport applications for the upcoming school year 2023/24 for new customers to the school transport scheme. Existing customers who may have changed their attending school or home address in the past year...


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