National Learning Network – Athlone

At NLN in Athlone 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 Athlone see below or call the centre today.

Contact: The Manager

Address: Belhavel Training Services, Golden Island, Athlone, Westmeath

Tel: 0906 479293

Contact Centre

Landscape Maintenance

This course allows students to experience a range of jobs within the horticulture/grounds maintenance and vegetable production sectors. It allows them to develop the skills, knowledge and attitudes required to access employment within the industry or to progress to further training/education.

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

Job Links

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 & in-centre training. The EBT co-ordinator will support both student and employer throughout the process. The course aims to develop the skills and experience the student needs to gain employment in the future.

Certification: QQI Level 5 General Studies (5M3114), QQI Level 5 Community Health Services (5M4468), QQI Level 4 Employment Skills (4M0857).

Fresh Start

Designed for those who would like an opportunity to make a new beginning and start a new career after a period out of the workforce. It provides an opportunity to explore vocational opportunities in order to progress to further education and/or employment.

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

Stepping Out

Stepping Out aims to work with participants from the midlands region to prevent them from re-offending, to enhance their employment opportunities and to increase access to further education.

Certification: QQI Level 3 Employability Skills (3M0935), QQI Level 4 General Learning (4M2010).


Turas is a training course aimed at people who have experience of Mental Health issues. This person-centred and recovery-focused programme helps students build on their personal and social development and work on their confidence and well-being. The course promotes recovery through education and personal development. Full and part-time places available.

Modules on this course include, among others: Health & Safety Awareness, Communications, Personal & Interpersonal Skills, Computer Skills, Creative Workshops, Healthy Lifestyles etc

The following flyer and video explain more about Turas: 

Turas Flyer

Turas Presentation NLN Athlone


ACCESS is a person-centred programme that aims to equip individuals with opportunities to maximize their independence, develop personal and social skills, make transitions and personal progression, maintain health and well-being and achieve inclusion in one’s own community.

Modules include: *Independent Living Skills *Literacy & Numeracy *Personal Development *Social Skills *Healthy Lifestyles *Leisure and Creative Skills *Computer Skills *Self-Advocacy & Confidence Building *Community Networking *Health and Safety *Job Seeking Skills *Work Experience

The following leaflet and video describe Access in more detail:

Access leaflet

Access Presentation NLN Athlone

Certification: QQI, Safe Pass and Manual Handling.