Specific Skills Training

Specific Skills Training (SST) courses are designed to provide learners with a range of employability related skills and formal vocational qualifications to facilitate those entering the labour market for the first time and for people wishing to update or acquire new skills.

Courses can lead to QQI Awards at Levels 3, 4, 5 and 6 and/or to industry recognised accreditation.  Short modular courses are typically 6 weeks and longer courses can be up to 40 weeks duration.  The majority of courses are delivered on a full-time basis throughout the year in our Letterkenny and Gweedore Training Centres and are supplemented by contracted providers allowing Donegal ETB the flexibility to meet the changing industry demands.

Examples of courses include Computer Applications, Office Skills, Retail Skills, Health and Beauty, Business Administration, IT, Security Management, Business Process Improvement, Manual and Computerised Payroll and Book-keeping, Life Sciences, Manufacturing Operations and Surf Instructor and Beach Lifeguard.

School leavers can find more information on our specific skills courses in this information brochure:

– Further Education and Training (FET) Options for School Leavers


Training courses are free and you may be paid a  training allowance for the duration of your course. You can also claim an accommodation allowance if you need to live away from home for the duration of the course or a travel allowance. You may qualify for a free childcare place for your child.

Contact Details

Specific Skills Training 
Tel: 074 9120500
Email: coursesdonegaltc@donegaletb.ie

How can I apply?

Aptitude tests and interviews are used in certain cases to select participants.  You can apply online for Specific Skills Training courses through www.fetchcourses.ie

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Student Stories

Read Valerii’s Financial and Management Accounting story.

Read Shania’s Multimedia story. 

Read Lee’s Welding story.

Read Vanessa’s Software Development story.

Read Patrick’s Accounting Technician story. 

Read Danielle, Sarah Louise and Domini’s Welding stories.

Read Anthony’s Horticulture story.

Read Stephen, Francis and Thomas’s Surf Instructor and Beach Lifeguard stories.

Read Laura’s Welding story.


The following supports are available while on the Specific Skills Training Programme