Created on: February 7, 2024
Modified on: February 20, 2024

NLN is very pleased to welcome you to National Learning Network and is delighted you are taking the opportunity to look at what they can offer you. Across the country they have over 50 training centres; with centres in each county there is bound to be one near you. Each one of them are hubs of activity providing students with a comfortable, supportive, well resourced, friendly and relaxed environment.

Their courses and supports assist you to fulfill your own personal goals, whether this is to get a qualification or a job, or go on to further education or to simply work on your own personal development.
In each centre they work closely with local community and have built a network of business and industry partners, including many local employers who offer their learners the opportunity to gain on-the-job training and in-work placements.

Supports offered at NLN

• Nationally and internationally recognised accredited training and education courses at Levels 3 – 5 on the National Framework of Qualifications including awards from QQ1 (Quality and Qualifications Ireland), City & Guilds, ECDL, MOS, ComplIA, CISCO and others.
• Personalised training plans supporting you to achieve your individual goals and ambitions. You learn at your own pace.
• Dedicated key instructors who will act as an extra support should you need it.
• On-site psychologists to support you throughout your time at NIN.
• Wellness programme ensuring a holistic approach to your continuing personal and professional development. Education, literacy and numeracy supports where required.
• Information Technology skills training including learning how best to use technology to support your training and education.
• Access to health, leisure, social and cultural individual and group activities supporting your quality of life and ensuring you enjoy yourself as you build confidence.
• Access to work experience and to employers that are seeking employees.
• Training in job seeking skills such as CV development, interview skills and job search skills enhancing your chances of employment. Continuous intake, meaning you can start a training course at any time during the year.
• Online and blended learning including state-of-the-art online digital learning system, eNLN, which allows you to learn in the comfort of your own home.
• They will support you to progress to your chosen next step and all of the awards facilitate your progress to further or higher education in Ireland.
• A student representative committee to support you and your fellow learners.


Who comes to NLN

At NLN they cater for a diverse range of students including people who have:
• Physical disabilities
• Had a setback in life due to illness or injury
• Mental health issues (including anxiety, depression, stress etc.)
• Learning difficulties (including dyslexia, dyspraxia etc.)
• Autism Spectrum Disorder
• Addictions
• Left school early
All applications must be approved by the Department of Employment and Social Protection, the local Education and Training Board (ETB and/ or the Health Service Executive (HSE).

How to Apply

Applying couldn’t be easier. Why not give them a call on 0667122533 or come and see them at your local centre and NLN will explain what you need to do. The application process is very straight forward and they will provide you with all the information you need in order to commence a training course with NLN.
Download UKR Confidential Health Report form here
Download UKR Application form here


National Framework of Qualifications
The National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) is intended to put you, the student, at the centre of the education and training system in Ireland. The NFQ is a system of ten levels used to describe the Irish qualifications system. Each level is based on nationally agreed standards of knowledge, skill and competence i.e. what an individual is expected to know, understand and be able to do following successful completion of a process of learning.
Here you can find more information about National Learning Network College.

Feedback from a girl who studies at National Learning Network College:

Hi I’m Katie, I’m 17 years old and I’m a student in QQI level 3 Introductory Skills Training Class in the National Learning Network College in TRALEE.

Before I came here I was in mainstream secondary school with an SNA. When I was in Transition year I had to start looking at my future. I found mainstream secondary school really difficult, and knew I wouldn’t have been able for the standard leaving certificate. I decided to explore further and I attended pathway fairs where I discovered the National Learning Network College. The very helpful staff told me and my parents all about the supports the NLN offer, small class sizes, rehabilitation officers, psychologists, learning support teachers, sensory room just to name a few.

I attended an introduction week in the NLN College and I absolutely loved it. I felt that I was included and listened to as the college is very inclusive and I knew this would be the perfect fit for me. I realized that I could get the education that I wanted to progress further and do it at my own pace with the supports that I needed… and this is exactly what I’ve done.

Since I started in the National Learning Network I’ve changed so much. If I was told 12 months ago that I would have had the confidence to travel up to Dublin & Cork to do private courses to become a qualified dog trainer working with search & rescue dogs, assistance dogs and have my own business, I would not have believed it was possible. I’m also progressing my education privately and begin my Emergency Medical Technician course in September, once I’ve this done I will then progress further into paramedics.

All this has been made possible by coming to the National Learning Network College.