What's this site all about?This site contains information about courses running in County Clare. The details are updated regularly by the course providers themselves so you can be sure that the information is accurate and up to date.
The network link brings you to information on the 5 area networks in Clare. You will find contact details of all the education /training providers in each area.
In addition to course information, there is also an events calendar which you can access by clicking on calendar on the top menu bar. The calendar gives you access to events and to the documents such as meeting minutes etc for the event.
Advice and GuidanceSome people decide they want to learn something, e.g. how to be a better parent, how to speak French or how to send an e-mail, but don't know where to go.
Some people need to know other information which is not directly to do with the learning, e.g. will going on a course affect their benefit, will it help them get a job, who will look after their children?
Others just want to "do something" but have no idea what that something is.
If you have questions like these, you need information, advice or guidance and you will probably find it helpful to speak to a guidance advisor. These are people who have been trained to help you make decisions.
The Clare Adult Learners Guidance Service can be contacted at 065 6824819 or
How can I find Courses and Course Providers?Each Learning Provider provides courses at one or more locations (places).
The courses link brings you to a list of all courses.
Other than that should use the search menu on the home page when you want to search for courses. This allows you to search by the locations where courses are provided or by the content.
Additionally, you can click on Providers on the menu bar to list all course providers -- you will then be able to see each provider's details and view all the courses (and locations) of any provider.
How can I get information on to the site?The website will be updated once a month.
The deadline for contributions is the last day of each month. course details or events can be emailed to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
To upload your own course details, you need a lofin and password. this will give you access to the site to upload your own courses. Contact Breda at CLLN for a password and for help in getting started.
Tel: 065 6843490
What is Back to Education Initiative (BTEI)?The BTEI programme provides part time further education programmes for young people and adults. The aim is to give people an opportunity to combine a return to learning with family work and other responsibilities.
Who can take part on a BTEI programme?Anyone who has left full time education can take part, but priority is given to those who left school without completing a Leaving Certificate or who are social welfare recipients or medical card holders.
What does it cost to participate in the BTEI?No fees apply to
. either waged or unwaged participants who have not completed their Leaving Cert
. anyone entitled to or a dependant of anyone entitled to a social welfare payment
. anyone entitled to or a dependant of anyone entitled to a Medical Card.
What is Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme (VTOS)?VTOS is a day time general education and work related training programme for adults. It offers an opportunity to learn new skills in an environment suitable for adults, to make new friends, to acquire valuable educational qualifications, while still keeping social welfare benefits. See www.vtos.ie/ for details.
Who can take part in VTOS?An applicant for VTOS must be at least 21 years of age and be getting one of the following for at least 6 months (156 days):
• Jobseeker's Benefit or Jobseeker's Allowance
• Disability Benefit or Disability Allowance
• signing for credits for at least six months or
• in receipt of a One Parent Family Payment, Disability Allowance, Illness Benefit, Blind Pension or Invalidity Pension for at least six months or
• are a dependent spouse of an eligible person for at least six months or
• in receipt of Deserted Wife's Benefit/Allowance, Widow's/Widower's Contributory/Non Contributory Pension/Prisoner's Wife's Allowance or Blind Person’s Pension for at least six months. Conditions may apply in the case of Blind Person’s Pension/ Deserted Wife's Benefit/Allowance/Widower's Contributory/Non Contributory Pension or Prisoner's Wife's Allowance.
• Periods spent on FÁS training courses, Community Employment Schemes, Job Initiative, Youthreach programmes and time in prison can count towards the qualifying period.
Clare Lifelong Learning Network, Clare VEC Adult and Community Education Service, Clonroad Business Park, Ennis, Co. Clare; Tel: 065 6843732; Email
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