National Learning Network – Bray

At NLN in Bray we provide a range of free, certified training 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.

Below are a variety of different courses provided at Bray which can lead to QQI awards from Level 3 up to 5.

Contact: Alison Gapert

Address: Beechwood Close, Boghall Road, Bray, Wicklow

Tel: 01 2829643

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This foundation programme is designed for young adults with mild learning difficulties. The courses in Bray and Stillorgan have been specifically designed for young people and school leavers.

The programme is designed to provide a mix of social skills, personal effectiveness, career exploration and vocational skills sampling (facilitating students to sample a range of work options and settings) which will help them to make realistic choices for further training and employment based on their individual strengths and abilities.

Literacy and numeracy needs are also addressed as appropriate to each student. Opportunities to demonstrate the skills, knowledge, and competencies learned in the training centres are identified within the community. This supports students to participate fully as active citizens in their own locality and move towards living independently.

Certification: QQI Level 3 Employability Skills (3M0935)

Employer Based Training – Job-seeking

This training programme provides high-quality on the job training to assist students to learn the skills they need to get and keep a job.

It combines classroom training and an employer-based training placement every week, to get real life training and experience in a job that the student wants. We work with local employers and international companies throughout Wicklow and Dublin. Students can move to employment at any time. The aim of the course is to train and help you move to employment when you find the right job.

Certification: QQI Level 4 Employment Skills (4M0857), QQI Level 5 Information Processing (5M2067).

Skills for Education and Employment

This training programme is aimed at people who want to progress to further education or enter (re-enter) the workforce and study in a supportive environment.

It allows students the opportunity to gain QQI Level 4 qualifications and a wide range of skills which are required to secure and maintain employment. This is done in an encouraging learning environment that promotes wellness.

Using a combination of accredited and non-accredited modules, as well as work placements, we offer a person centred approach that will support you in achieving your goals.

Training is delivered through a combination of centre-based, community-based and work-based learning. Students are required to attend the centre three days a week to complete training in the programme modules. The remainder of the week is spent completing assigned work including activities relating to community engagement and work placements.

On completion of the programme, students can gain a QQI level 4 major award in either Employment Skills or Retail Skills. This provides a pathway to further education at QQI level 5 or employment in a variety of areas.

Certification: QQI Level 4 Employment Skills (4M0857), QQI Level 4 Retail Skills (4M1998).

Information Technology and Business Administration

This training programme provides a wide range of skills in computer applications that are frequently required for employment (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Sage) and also online and digital skills (cloud computing, web authoring, social media and digital marketing). Students can also complete ECDL and Advanced ECDL as options, if desired.

Certification: QQI Level 5 Information Processing (5M2067), N/A ECDL (None).

Vocational Skills Foundation

This training programme helps students learn the skills they need to find and keep a job. Using a combination of centre-based and work-based training, the student can explore the world of work and progression options for work or further education. Literacy and numeracy are integrated into all aspects of the programme.

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