National Learning Network – Galway

At NLN in Galway we provide a range of free courses to people who have had an accident, illness, injury or have a disability and extra support needs.

Our courses are tailored to each student’s needs, to help them to build their confidence while getting practical job-seeking skills to help them get a job or go on to further training.

For more information on courses available at NLN in Galway see below or call the centre today.

Contact: Patrick Hannon

Address: Horizon Business Park, Ballybrit, Galway

Tel: 091 756650

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Plans for Me

This course is centred around personal development and person-centred planning and is designed to provide students with opportunities to learn the skills they need to develop personal effectiveness and self-advocacy and to become more independent in social and work situations. Students can progress onto further training or education.

Certification: QQI Level 2 Skills for Life (P2GLO) – QQI Level 3 Employability Skills (3M0935)

Employer Based Training

A flexible course that enables students to acquire practical skills with a host company in a skill area of their choice. The course is a combination of on-the-job and in-centre training. The EBT co-ordinator will support both student and employer. Skills in the workplace are acquired through a combination of practical demonstration, instruction, supervised practice, etc. Learners progress through the programme at a pace which is suited to their individual needs and abilities.

Certification: QQI Level 4 Employment Skills (4M0857).


This QQI Level 4 Programme will provide students with the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge required to pursue a career of choice in the horticulture industry. The first year of the programme will concentrate on modules designed to give you a solid foundation in horticulture skills, while year two will facilitate you in specialising in a preferred area such as Landscape/Garden Maintenance, Garden Centre Operations, Nursery Operations, Market Gardening or Turf Maintenance.

Certification: Horticulture – QQI Level 4 Horticulture (4M1994).

Information Technology by Blended Learning

This programme enables students to acquire skills necessary to work in an office related environment. The programme is a combination of on-the-job and in-centre training. The instructors and support staff supports the student through the programme toward the goal of achieving a Major Award in Information & Communication Technology Skills at Level 5 on the National Framework of Qualifications. Ideally the student will be placed with an employer for at least one day a week after the initial induction period.

Certification: QQI Level 5 Information Processing (5M2067) & ICDL


This programme provides students with personal, social and work related skills that will enable them to progress to greater levels of employment readiness. Students will learn to identify their strengths and goals for the future as well as exploring employment or further training opportunities through work experience at a host company. Practical skills training will be delivered using a mix of structured directed training, self-direction and one to one coaching. Training will be tailored to meet individualised training and development needs through individual action planning.

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

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This programme provides students with an environment to achieve greater levels of personal development, to develop IT and business skills and to explore employment or further education opportunities. Students will be supported in progressing to higher level programmes within National Learning Network or onto further education or training of their choice. Certification at QQI level 4 is available for all students.

Certification: QQI Level 4 Employment Skills (4M0857).