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 announce the delivery of €550,000 in funding for sustainable development projects in schools.

The successful projects include: new school gardens outdoor classrooms local air quality initiatives wildlife walkways poetry for climate action and climate justice. Approx. €550,000 is being provided in funding for the Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)...

International Day of Persons with Disabilities and the Purple Lights campaign 2023

International Day of Persons with Disabilities and the Purple Lights campaign is taking place today Sunday 3 December 2023. The Purple Lights campaign sees Government buildings local and national, major companies, civic and educational institutions turning purple to...

Government have launched the commencement of the first phase of the Solar for Schools Programme.

It will provide eligible schools with 6 kilowatts of roof-mounted solar PV, which equates to approximately 16 solar panels. The scheme will be funded from the Government’s Climate Action Fund, in line with the Government’s recognition that taking action on climate...

Cost of Education Update – Budget 2024

Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris TD has announced further detail on the cost of education measures under Budget 2024. A reduction of up to €1,000 in undergraduate fees is now being applied to all free fees...

Little Book of Irish Research launched to mark Science Week available to school children across the country.

The ‘Little Book of Irish Research’, launched as part of Science Week, has its origins in the Government’s ‘Creating Our Future’ initiative. In 2021, the general public was asked what researchers in Ireland should explore to create a better future. Following over...

Additional €40 million in capital funding for college campuses across the country.

Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris TD has today announced €40 million in capital funding for college campuses across the country.   The funding will be provided through the Devolved Grant system and will allow...

Government delivers record €1.159 billion investment in Budget 2024 to support families, communities, and a net-zero future

Highest-ever Budget allocation for the Department demonstrates the Government’s commitment to achieving a climate neutral, sustainable and digitally-connected Ireland Three €150 energy credits giving over two million households €450 towards energy bills this winter...

Budget 2024: Government backing business in the face of ongoing challenges

once-off €250 million Increased Cost of Business Scheme €145 million Smart Regions Fund announced increase in R&D Tax Credit to 30% additional €27 million for IDA Ireland to accelerate Regional Property and Enterprise grants programmes €9 million for Local...

Minister Rabbitte welcomes €400 million investment in student accommodation – equating to 2,700 additional student beds across Ireland.

The European Investment Bank (EIB) and the Housing Finance Agency (HFA) have today agreed a new €434 million student accommodation financing initiative to support higher education institutions in the development of affordable student housing. In the first ever...

Government announces record Social Protection Budget worth €2.3 Billion

Largest Social Protection Budget Package in the history of the State Suite of financial supports to assist people with the Cost of Living Double payment of Child Benefit in December €400 Disability and Carer’s Lump Sum in November €400 lump sum for Working Family...


Announced 25th August, 2023


R 1


30th August at from 2pm

Reply date: 5th September by 3.00pm


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.

R 2

Round 2 Opens 11th September at 2pm

Round 2

Offers closes 13th September

at 3pm

R 3

Round 3 Opens

19th September

Round 3

Closes 21 September

at 3 pm

R 4

Round 4 Opens

26th September

at 10 am

Round 4

closes at 28th September

at 3pm

R 5

Round 5

Opens 3rd October

at 10 am


Round 5

Offers closes

5th October at 3pm.