Donegal ETB Programmes

Donegal ETB offer a range of Education and Training programmes for those wishing to gain recognised qualifications and begin their journey in Lifelong Learning. Our programmes range in levels from 1-6 on the National framework of Qualifications and there are options available throughout the year both Part-Time, Full-Time and during the evenings in Autumn and Spring.

You can contact any of our centres for further information or by using our course finder you’ll be able to see the programmes we have on offer and make an enquiry.

Available Programmes

 

VTOS is a training programme for those aged 21 or over and who have been on Jobseekers Allowance for 6 months or more. VTOS is a full-time programme and offers Major Award courses at QQI Levels 4 and 5 over two years through the Adult Education and Training Centres. VTOS courses are focused on developing the skills and competencies required by employers and a significant proportion of the course is devoted to work experience.

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AETC Ballyshannon
Tel: 071 985 1276
Email Ballyshannon


AETC Buncrana
Tel: 074 93 62466
Email Buncrana


AETC Donegal Town
Tel: 074 97 21705
Email Donegal Town



AETC Milford
Tel: 074 915 3194
Email Milford


AETC Gortahork
Tel: 074 91 35218
Email Gortahork

The Learning for Living programme offers tuition to adults who are unsure of their skills and knowledge in reading, writing, spelling, mathematics, numbers and computers.  The programme offers learning that is tailored to the needs of each student in a supportive and friendly environment. Time is given to acquire skills and tutors are aware that progress is often made in small stages.  The programme also offers a range of family learning options in partnership with schools and provides English language training for speakers of other languages. Students can choose to accredit their study with QQI Major and Minor Awards offered from Level 1 to Level 4 and State Examination Commission (SEC) examinations. Courses are free to all adults.


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074-9721705  or 086-6474122

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Youthreach is the Department of Education and Skills official education, training and work experience programme for young people who have left school early. The programme aims to develop the core skills needed for further learning and to prepare young people to progress to further education/training or to employment. Youthreach is open to young people aged 15-21 who left school early and have few or no qualifications. Youthreach offers both unaccredited and accredited courses at QQI Levels 2, 3 and 4, Leaving Certificate Applied (Letterkenny only), ECDL and Safe Pass amongst others in a range of subject areas which vary from centre to centre.


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074 9320908 or 086 3800290

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BTEI offers education options for those 18 or over and who are interested in part-time study. Courses are free of charge to any adult with less than upper second level education (Leaving Certificate or equivalent) and those in receipt of a social welfare payment or medical card and their dependents. Fees will apply to other applicants. BTEI offers Major and Minor QQI Awards at Levels 3 to 5 running from 6 months to 2 years depending on the course. Courses are offered throughout the Adult Education Training Centres and in conjunction with the Community Education Programme in the community.


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074 9168273

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The Community Education Programme supports the delivery of adult education courses in the community through provision of funding for tuition costs and support in the setting up of courses. By its nature, community education provision is driven by the needs of the community and organised locally. This ‘bottom up’ approach ensures that adult education in a community setting is always addressing the educational needs of the local community. The Community Education Programme funds a wide range of courses from short courses and evening classes to Major QQI Awards. Details of all the courses in your area funded through the Community Education Programme can be found through your local community group or by contacting  074 97 25520.

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074 9725522

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The PLC courses are intensive, full-time, one year programmes that prepare students for entry level employment or progression to further study. Successful students may apply to third level programmes at Institutes of Technology and Universities through the Higher Education Links Scheme. Courses are designed as an ideal progression from Leaving Certificate for those who want an extra year to study a specific vocational area and for adults returning to education. Courses are offered at certain second level schools managed by Donegal ETB.


Errigal College,
Letterkenny
Tel: 074 91 21 047
Email Letterkenny


Finn Valley College,
Stranorlar
Tel: 074 91 31684
Email Milford


St Catherine’s VS,
Killybegs
Tel: 074 97 31491
Email Gortahork



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Gartan is the ‘Jewel in the Crown’ of Donegal ETB’s education provision. Set in 87 acres of stunning lake side scenery on the edge of Glenveagh National Park, Gartan offers courses in outdoor sports, adventure training, environmental education and sustainability for young people and adults. Courses range from short introductory courses to professionally accredited training. Programmes can also
be tailored to meet the specific needs of an individual or group.


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Call us on;
074 9137032

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Training Services provide vocational training courses that prepare participants primarily for employment. Courses are accredited by QQI, City & Guilds and other accrediting bodies that provide specific certification across a wide range of employment sectors. Courses are delivered full-time through the Donegal ETB Training Centres in Letterkenny and Gweedore and through contracted training providers. Part time and evening courses are also available. Training Services is also responsible for delivering the Apprenticeship Programme and courses for People with Disabilities.


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074 9120500

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