National Learning Network – Longford

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

Contact: Manager: Gary O’Neill / Assistant Area Manager: Tina Leonard

Address: 6 Grafton Court, Longford

Tel: 043 3342255

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The Turas programme is a two year rehabilitative training programme delivered by NLN and funded by the HSE.

It is designed to provide an opportunity to people who experience a high level of social and community isolation to examine the opportunity to develop personal and social skills, make independent choices, explore recreational, social and vocational opportunities and to make significant personal, health and social gains.

It offers a structured approach to developing confidence and life management skills to contribute to individual well-being. An essential component of the programme is personal development through social interaction and team membership.

Certification: QQI Level 2 General Learning (P2GLO), QQI Level 3 Employability Skills (3M0935), QQI Level 4 General Learning (4M2010), QQI Level 4 Employment Skills (4M0857), QQI Level 3 Information Communication Technologies (3M0877).

Fresh Start

This programme is designed for students who would like the opportunity to make a new beginning, build their confidence and explore career opportunities. It 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 to progress to QQI Levels 4 & 5 courses locally or to further education or training of choice.

The programme also aims to provide students with the opportunity to address personal effectiveness and social skills issues.

Certification: QQI Level 4 Employment Skills (4M0857), QQI Level 3 Employability Skills (3M0935).


This fantastic horticulture course allows students to experience a range of different roles within the Horticulture/Grounds Maintenance & Vegetable Production sectors. It allows students to develop the skills required to get a job within the industry or to progress to further training/education.

Certification: QQI Level 4 Horticulture (4M1994).

Catering Multi Skills

This course provides students with the skills they need to get a job in the hospitality sector or to progress to further training or education. Knowledge, aptitudes and skills are acquired through a combination of practical demonstration and instruction, supervised practice, talks, guest speakers, etc.

Certification: QQI Level 4 Catering Support (4M2805)

Employer Based Training

Employer Based Training supports students to acquire practical skills with a company in an area of their choice.
The course is a combination of on-the-job and in-centre training 60% on-the-job and 40% in-centre. The Employer Based Training instructor supports both the student and the employer. Students choose a training area that interests and suits them and the Employer Based Training instructor finds a suitable company to accommodate them in their locality.

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

Skills 4 Life

The Skills 4 Life programme is a QQI Level 3 course that focuses on Digital Media and Gaming. If you enjoy Music, Video creation, Gaming, Podcasting, Photography and using a Drone then this course might be for you!

The course runs for 18 months and during that time learners have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of activities that help promote social, communication and technological skills. Alongside the Digital Media aspect of the programme, some of the activities the current learners have experienced so far include: cookery, bowling, darts, art projects, fitness classes, trips to coffee shops and much more!

Our focus is as much on you as a person as it is on learning. You will be encouraged to make friends and interact with others at your own pace, in a calm and friendly classroom with instructors there to support and guide you as much as you need.

The modules you will cover during your time on Skills 4 Life are: Health and Safety Awareness, Communications, Career Preparation, Word Processing, Application of Number, Breakfast Cookery and of course Digital Media!

Certification: QQI Level 3 Employability Skills (3M0935)