National Learning Network – Sligo

At NLN in Sligo 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.

See below for details on the courses delivered at this centre.

Contact: Sharon Thornton

Address: Bridge Street, Sligo

Tel: 0719 145391

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Customer Service

This is a flexible course that helps students to practice and develop practical and relevant skills in a retail or customer service based work environment. The classroom-based learning will support and enhance their on-site training and will include subjects such as Work Place Safety, Customer Service, Personal Effectiveness and Career Planning. The course is designed to give students the skills, attitudes and practical experience necessary to get a job by developing and using practical communication, customer service and teamwork skills.

Certification: QQI Level 4 Retail Skills (4M1998).

IT 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 Instructor/s and support staff supports the student through the programme with identified needs and training that can be achieved during the course to enable the student achieve a Major Award in Information & Communication Technology Skills at Level 4 on the National Framework of Qualifications. Ideally the student will be placed with an employer for at least 1 day a week after the initial induction period.

Certification: QQI 5 Office Administration (5M1997), QQI 5 Tourism with Business (5M5011).


This course develops the relevant knowledge, skill and competences needed to use a range of skills and tools, under direction and with limited autonomy, related to seeking employment or to being in employment. It enables the student develop personal qualities and strengths so they can make informed choices to pursue a range of employment opportunities or to progress to further education or training.

Certification: QQI 3 Employability Skills (3M0935).


This course enables students to develop the relevant knowledge, skill and competence in a broad range of employment and personal skills which enable employment, under direct supervision, in a variety of sectors, or progression to further education or training.

Certification: QQI 4 Employment Skills (4M0857).

Office Skills

Students on this course acquire the knowledge, skill and competence to work independently and under supervision in a range of eBusiness contexts, enabling them to progress to employment or further education and training. They will develop the ability to integrate theory and practice in an e-Business environment taking into consideration the economic, security and legal issues which may arise.

Certification: QQI 5 eBusiness (5M0828).


This course is designed to provide person-centred training to people with a broad range of extra support needs. It offers students an opportunity to explore personal, social and vocational skills and includes a high level of integration with the local community. Underpinning this programme is New Directions, a HSE person centred service for adults with disabilities. It helps students develop their personal effectiveness and self-advocacy skill. Access supports them to become more independent in social, work-based and supported community situations and progress onto further training or education.

Certification: QQI 1 General Learning (P1GLO), QQI 2 General Learning (P2GLO).


The Horsemanship course is for people who want to work with horses. The Horsemanship course is designed to give students hands on learning, so that they can learn the skills, abilities and practical experience necessary to get a job within the equine industry.

Certification: QQI 4 Horsemanship (4M3154)