How to Apply
A range of training courses are available through your local Education and Training Board (ETB) which re free to unemployed. The first step is to contact your local Employment Services Office
to register and apply for training. A small number of courses (usually fee-paying) have a different application process. Your Employment Services Office will advise you if this is the case or you can view the Course Delivery Options/Training Programmes sections for further information.
Not Sure Which Course Is For You?
Make an appointment with your local Employment Services Office
and arrange a guidance interview to discuss the training options available to you.
Course Delivery Options
- Day Courses
These courses are delivered either, directly by ETB's through their Training Centres, or through a range of training providers on behalf of ETB's in various locations throughout the country. The duration of the courses can vary. There is no fee and in some circumstances allowances may be paid. They are generally full-time courses with training taking place Monday to Friday however, some may be delivered on a part-time basis.
- Online Courses
Online courses are delivered over the internet thereby allowing learners to learn at their own pace and at times that suit them. Online courses are a flexible response to the needs of job-ready individuals that require a specific training intervention to assist them to re-enter the labour market. Online courses are open to all persons (both employed and unemployed) however there is a fee for people in employment. Fee paying clients must apply online to eCollege. Non-fee paying clients (unemployed persons) must apply through their local Employment Services Office.
- Blended Learning
Blended Learning courses are online courses combined with learner supports delivered by telephone, email, E-tutor and instructor led workshops. Some courses may also include one to one mentoring or group mentoring, assignments or project work. Blended Learning courses are a flexible response to the needs of job ready individuals who require specific training interventions to assist them to re-enter the labour market.
- Evening Courses
Evening courses are generally delivered in Training Centres and take place 1 or 2 evenings per week. The majority of courses are typically between 5 and 10 weeks. Evening courses are open to all persons (both employed and unemployed) however there is a fee for people in employment. Fee paying clients must apply directly to the Training Centre delivering the course. Non-fee paying clients (unemployed persons) must apply through their local Employment Services Office.
Further information on Training Programmes
Search for a course in your location
Under certain conditions, financial support in the form of Allowances to assist with its programmes, for example Training, Travel, Accommodation and Meals.