National Learning Network – Tralee

At NLN in Kerry 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 Tralee, Co Kerry see below or call the centre today.

Contact: Devon Geary

Address: Clash Industrial Estate, Tralee, Kerry

Tel: 066 712 2533

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The aim of this programme is to provide students with Foundation Level Personal, Social and Work Related Skills enabling them to progress to greater levels of independence and community integration. The programme also aims to support and facilitate students to explore their occupational and vocational options and develop their potential skills to progress to Further Education, training or employment as appropriate.

Certification: QQI Level 3 Employability Skills (3M0935), QQI Level 2 Skills for Life (P2GLO), QQI Level 1 General Learning (P1GL0).

Introductory Skills Training

The programme is designed to enable the students to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to make realistic vocational choices for training, or employment, based on their own needs and strengths. Use a range of Personal Effectiveness and Self-Advocacy Skills which will enable them to be assertive, to understand rights and make informed decisions.

Certification: QQI Level 3 Employability Skills (3M0935), QQI Level 3 General Learning (3M0874).


Focus is a community based rehabilitative training programme for people experiencing mental ill health. The programme aims to enhance their physical and mental well-being through personal development, community integration and vocational orientation. The course provides students with the skills necessary to enable them to gain greater independence and social integration and the confidence to plan ahead to further education, training and employment.

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

Applied Information Technology

This programme is designed to enable the students to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes necessary to obtain and retain employment in the private or public sector in an office environment or to progress to further training and/or education.

Certification: QQI Level 3 Business Administration (5M2468), QQI Level 5 Tourism with Business (5M5011), QQI Level 4 ECDL / MOS (N/A).

IT by Blended Learning

The course aims to equip students with the skills and competencies in Information Technology needed to obtain employment or access further training. Supports are available including regular visits from the Distance Learning Instructor and regular centre meetings with fellow students. Employment placements form part of the programme. Skills are acquired in your own home on equipment supplied by the centre.

Certification: QQI Level 5 Office Administration (5M1997), QQI Level 5 Information Processing (5M2067), QQI Level 4 Office Skills (4M2070), QQI Level 4 ECDL / MOS (N/A).

Sporting Chance

This programme is designed to enable students to build a career as future coaches, leaders and managers in the sports and leisure industry. It has been specifically developed to assist students in gaining employment in the sports and leisure industry, or progressing on to further training and education in this field.

Certification: QQI Level 5 Sport, Recreation & Exercise (5M5146), QQI Level 4 Sport and Recreation (4M4966), ITEC Diplomas/ NPLQ (ITEC Diplomas/ NPLQ).

Construction Skills

Construction Skills is a centre based programme which aims to give students knowledge, skills and competencies in the area of construction. The course focuses on the areas of bricklaying, carpentry, basic plumbing, painting /decorating while also having the opportunity to achieve a level 3 qualification. The Construction Skills course also provides an opportunity to progress to skill specific apprenticeship programmes with Kerry Education and Training Board. Duration: Up to 2 years.

Core Modules include: Construction Skills, Painting and Decorating, Woodwork, Work Experience, Application of Number, Functional Mathematics, Communications, Personal & Interpersonal Skills, Computer Literacy, Word Processing, Spreadsheets, Internet Skills, Health & Safety Awareness, Safe Pass.

Non-Certified Modules include: Induction, Health & Safety, Plastering, Brick and Blocklaying, Floor and Wall Tiling, Personal Development, Countdown to the Job, Work Placement, Literacy & Numeracy Supports

Certification: QQI Level 3 Certificate in Employability Skills (3M0935)


A competency based catering course certified by QQI. Included are job specific skills, also compensatory education. Work experience is a significant element of the course. The course is designed to give students the skills and work behaviours needed to obtain and retain employment in the hotel, catering and tourism sector.

Certification: NFQ Level 4 Diploma in Food Production and Cooking (7132-06).

Retail Skills

A flexible course that is designed to enable students to develop the knowledge, skills & attitudes necessary to obtain & retain employment in the retail sector e.g. Sales Assistants. The course is a mix of on-the-job and in-centre training. The course co-ordinator will support both the student and employer. Skills in the workplace are gained through a combination of practical demonstration, instruction, supervised practice, etc. Students progress through the programme at a pace which is suited to their individual needs and abilities.

Certification: QQI Level 4 Retail Skills (4M1998), QQI Level 5 Business Studies (5M2102).

Employer Based Training

Employer Based Training enables students to acquire practical skills with a host company in the area of their choice. The programme 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 vocational training area that interests and suits them and the Employer Based Training instructor finds a suitable Host Company training placement within the vocational area and locality identified by the student.

Certification: QQI Level 4 Employment Skills (4M0857), QQI Level 4 Retail Skills (4M1998), QQI Level 5 Business Studies (5M2102), QQI Level 5 Community Development (5M3050), QQI Level 5 Early Childhood Care and Education (5M2009), QQI Level 6 Early Childhood Care and Education Supervision (6M2007).

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