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National Learning Network - Portlaoise

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

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).

Kick Start

This course will help you explore options for work or for going onto further education whilst gaining a QQI Level 4 award. Split over three phases, Kickstart will offer optional training modules in areas such as hospitality/catering, retail skills and IT/office administration whilst gaining practical work experience with an employer. Skills are acquired through a combination of practical demonstration, instruction, supervised practice and work experience.

Certification: QQI Level 4 Pathways to Employment (4M2010).


The Transition course is designed to provide students with the skills, attitudes and practical experience necessary to; demonstrate practical communication and teamwork skills, advocate for themselves in the community, in relationships, at work etc., go on to further training or education or get a job.

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


The aim of the programme is to empower participants to make positive changes in their lives and to experience health and social gains. The programme also aims to support participants in progressing to community integration, further education/training or employment.

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


The overall aim of the programme is to equip students with foundation level personal, social and work related skills. Students will progress to greater levels of independence, manage health and well being, overcome social and economic disadvantage / marginalisation and participate in their own communities, workplace and society.

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



Allan Boyle


Dublin Road, Portlaoise,Laois