National Learning Network (NLN)

National Learning Network (NLN) provides a range of flexible training courses and support services for people who need specialist support (job seekers, unemployed, people with an illness or disability) in 50 centres around the country.

The SOLAS courses and HSE programmes, all of which include work experience, offer nationally recognised qualifications ensuring that students are ready to get a job or go on to further education.
We consider our centre as a community in itself. As well as education and training, we facilitate community inclusion and promote positive health and well-being through person centred planning, individual goal setting, group trips across munster region and initiatives like our healthy lifestyles week, NLN’s got talent annual show,  mental health awareness amber flag award and participation with  a variety local voluntary groups.

Vision.

A world of equal opportunities through learning.
Mission:
To promote equality by providing world-class training, education and employment access services, and by actively influencing the creation of a more inclusive society.
Values:
Integrity
Empowerment
Partnership
Mutual Respect
Innovation
Honesty
Courage

Sustainability


The National Learning Network in Kerry has close to 200 learners and offers courses in
 
Rehabilitative Training (Directions)
The aim of this programme is to provide students with Foundation Level Personal, Social and Work Related Skills enabling them to progress to greater levels of Independence and Community Integration. The programme also aims to support and facilitate participants to explore their Occupational and Vocational options and develop their potential skills to progress to Further Education, Training or Employment as appropriate.
Personal Mental Health Recovery in Practice (Focus)
Focus is a community based rehabilitative training programme for people experiencing mental ill health. The programme aims to enhance their physical & mental well-being through personal development, community integration & vocational orientation. The course provides students with the skills necessary to enable them to gain greater independence and social integration and the confidence to plan ahead to further education, training and employment.
 
Applied Information Technology

This programme is designed to enable the students to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes necessary to obtain and retain employment in the private or public sector in an office environment or to progress to further training and/or education.
Employer Based Training
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 and in-centre training. The EBT co-ordinator will support both the student and employer.
Catering & Culinary Skills
This programme is designed to enable the students to develop the knowledge and skills required to obtain & retain employment in the Catering and Hospitality Sector or alternatively progression to further training and education.
Introductory Skills Training
The programme is designed to enable the students to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to make realistic vocational choices for training, or employment, based on their own needs and strengths. Use a range of Personal Effectiveness and Self-Advocacy Skills which will enable them to be assertive, to understand rights and make informed decisions.
Business & IT Studies 
The course aims to equip students with the skills and competencies in Information Technology needed to obtain employment or access further training. Supports are available including regular visits from the Distance Learning Instructor and regular centre meetings with fellow students. Employment placements form part of the programme. Skills are acquired in your own home on equipment supplied by the centre.
Retail Sales
Designed to enable students to develop the knowledge, skills & attitudes necessary to obtain & retain employment in the retail sector e.g. Sales Assistants.
 
Sporting Chance
This programme is designed to enable students to build a career as future coaches, leaders and managers in the sports and leisure industry. It has been specifically developed to assist students in gaining employment in the sports and leisure industry, or progressing on to further training and education in this field.
Woodwork Multi Skills

Designed to enable students to develop the knowledge, skills & attitudes necessary to obtain & retain employment in woodwork & related industries.