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National Learning Network

This rehabilitative foundation programme is designed for young adults with mild learning difficulties. The course is designed to provide a mix of social skills, personal effectiveness, career exploration and work experience skills sampling.

Award Name Level 3 Certificate (Level 3 NFQ)
NFQ Classification Major
Awarding Body QQI
NFQ Level Level 3 NFQ
Award Name NFQ Classification Awarding Body NFQ Level
Level 3 Certificate (Level 3 NFQ) Major QQI Level 3 NFQ
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The majority of courses are 30 hours per week, although some people attend part time particularly at the start. Normally, the course starts at 9am and finishes at 5pm, Monday to Thursday. On a Friday courses usually finish at 2.30pm.

Our courses vary in length from six months to three years and you may get an extension if you need it.

Students on National Learning Network courses get 25 days holidays per year (2/3 weeks in the summer and 1 week at Christmas). We will be happy to advise you of the details of your course when you meet with us.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements. You just need the will to succeed. Some courses do have an assessment period, this is to ensure that the course is suitable for you. Students on National Learning Network courses must be over 16 and under 66 years of age.

Careers / Further progression

What choices do I have when my course ends?
This largely depends on the type of course you intend doing. At the end of our courses most students can choose between getting a job or moving on to further education, or a combination of both.

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Further information

The majority of National Learning Network programmes are open entry, which means that you can start at any time of the year.

All of our courses are free to students. They are funded by the Education and Training Boards or the HSE.

Do I keep my benefits?
Yes. You will keep the financial benefits you currently have. You should contact the secretary at your local centre if you have any queries regarding benefits.

NLN will offer you supports that will not only help with your training but can assist you in relevant aspects of your life. You will hold onto your current financial benefits and in addition you may obtain a training allowance from SOLAS or the HSE.

This rehabilitative foundation programme is designed for young adults with mild learning difficulties. The course is designed to provide a mix of social skills, personal effectiveness, career exploration and work experience skills sampling. It supports students to make realistic choices for further training based on their individual strengths and abilities.

Literacy and numeracy needs are also addressed to enable students to participate fully in their communities. Opportunities are then found to use the skills learned in the training centres within the local community to encourage students to be able to play a bigger role in their own communities, make their own decisions and move towards living independently.

3M0935 Employability Skills

Certification: QQI Level 3 Employability Skills (3M0935).

When you start with National Learning Network you will meet the staff in the centre and other students. This will help you to settle in and make friends. During the first three months you will get an opportunity to find out if the course suits your needs and goals. You will be assisted by our staff to make a plan for yourself that will help you to say what you want and identify the supports that you will need.

National Learning Network offers nationally recognised qualifications to students in all its courses countrywide including QQI, European Computer Driving Licence and City & Guilds. These cover a wide range of personal development and vocational skills. The type and level of the qualification depends on the course you are interested in.

National Learning Network (NLN) provides a range of flexible training courses for people with a disability, mental health issues, illness or additional support needs. We are the largest private provider of personalised education, training and employment services in Ireland. We meet you where you are and get you where you want to be. We deliver our programmes through blended learning, which means a mixture of on-site and off-site training.

Our training programmes span many disciplines, including Art, Administration, Sports and Recreation, Graphic Design, Culinary Skills, Computing and Horticulture. We work with people who experience health conditions, illness, disability, mental health difficulty, trauma, addiction, economic isolation or challenging life circumstances. We support people to make successful transitions, whatever their stage in life.

We can help transition from school to the adult environment with access to vocational training, support with getting a job, recovery and wellness, improving people’s health, enhancing the quality of life and achieving successful inclusion in the community. NLN’s services are aligned with international best practice social and vocational rehabilitation models. You can talk to our experienced staff today about which course best suits your needs. You may want training to find a job, learn some new skills or go on to further education or apprenticeship. Call us today and learn to change your story.

Our programmes include work experience and offer nationally recognised qualifications, including QQI, ECDL, and City and Guilds. These nationally recognised qualifications ensure students are ready to get a job or further education. NLN provides personalised training, education, employment and community-based rehabilitation supports and services to people who need additional specialist support to progress their education, training or life plan.

We deliver over 140 accredited vocational training programmes at levels 3, 4, 5 and 6 on the (QQI) Quality and Qualifications Framework supporting students to reach their educational potential

As Ireland’s largest non-governmental education and training organisation, we offer over 70 different training programmes from art and cookery to computer and business skills in centres across the country. So, whatever your interests, we have the training programme for you!

You can access courses in a variety of ways: in your local centre, with a local employer; or even from the comfort of your own home. All National Learning Network training programmes are funded through The Educational Training Boards or the Health Service Executive and therefore most students receive an allowance for participation. 90% of students who completed a training programme with us last year went on to further education or training.

National Learning Network – Ballyfermot
Traci Marshall-Dowling
Kylemore Road, Ballyfermot,
Dublin 10.
Tel: 01 626 9979

Attendance Options:
Full time, Part time, Daytime
Apply to: