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

New farming apprenticeships announced at Ploughing Championships

Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris TD has confirmed three new apprenticeship programmes in farming will accept students from the new academic year. Apprenticeship programmes in Farm Manager Farm Technician...

Inaugural Computer Science week 8-15 October 2022

Minister for Education Norma Foley TD has announced Ireland’s first-ever Computer Science Week taking place from 8-15 October 2022.  Welcoming the news, Minister Rabbitte said: We live in an era where we can look up anything we want to know, and speak to friends and...


Round A: Offer Date: 7th July, 2022 from 10:00 Reply Date: 13th July, 2022 by 15:00 In early July a small number of offers of places may be issued to applicants such as: deferred applicants mature applicants applicants who have completed an Access course those who...

State Examinations Commission – Press Release – Leaving Certificate Examination Results Date – 2022

The State Examinations Commission (SEC), intends to issue the 2022 Leaving Certificate and Leaving Certificate Applied examination results to candidates on Friday 2 September.   Details of the arrangements for the 2022 certificate examinations were announced on 1...

€300,000 funding for Agri-Food Tourism projects

The government has announced close on €300,000 in funding to 19 local agri-food tourism projects. The funding is made available under the 2022 Rural Innovation and Development Fund through the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. Minister McConalogue at the...

MD World Competitiveness Rankings 2022

This year’s IMD report ranks Ireland as the 3rd most competitive country in the Euro area and the 11th most competitive economy in the world (out of 63 economies), an improvement from 13th position last year. The IMD Competitiveness Yearbook assesses and ranks 63...

Age & Opportunity announces grants of €514,120 to promote physical activity in older people

Age & Opportunity announces grants of €514,120 to promote physical activity in older people • Grants awarded to clubs nationwide in the promotion of physical activity in older people • Almost €7 million awarded to date by the National Grant Scheme • 995 grants...

10,500 free or heavily subsidised courses for unemployed, self-employed or returners to work

The Government have launched 10,697 places on 275 courses under Springboard+ 2022. Springboard+ courses are at Level 6 (Certificate) to Level 9 (Masters) on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ), and are delivered by public and private higher education...

Bags of Stories and Fun for Every Child Starting in 2022

To help children navigate starting school, public libraries have put together a special bag of books which are now available for collection in library branches across Galway City and County. Drop in to your local branch to pick up a bag for your little one! ‘My Little...

Creative Schools  open for 2022-23 programme

Creative expression provides opportunities for children and young people to try out new ideas and explore their creative potential. Creative Schools  open for 2022-23 programme, with €2.5m going to participating Primary and Post-Primary schools and Youth Reach centres...


2nd September, 2022 from




9th September at 10:00 am



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



14th September at 10:00 am


Round 1 Acceptance Offer Closing Date.



Round 2 Offers Available online.




Round 2 Offers Acceptances closes.



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



Round 3 Acceptance Closes.




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



Round 4 acceptances closing date.



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




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HEIs begin registration.

Results of Leaving Certificate appeals released.