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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.

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.pdf (size 3.7 MB)

Turas-Athlone-presentation-new-1-with-vocals.pptx (size 11.4 MB)


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

Certification: QQI, Safe Pass and Manual Handling.

The following leaflet and video describe Access in more detail:

Access-Athlone-Leaflet-(2).pdf (size 283.9 KB)

Access-Athlone-presentation-new-1-with-vocals.pptx (size 18.5 MB)



Shelagh Nangle


Belhavel Training Services, Golden Island, Athlone, Westmeath