Training and Education

Educational disadvantage is a reality for women (and men) very often because of the circumstances of their lives. Also their experiences of the traditional educational system inhibit them from achieving a successful education. Therefore many organisations and groups adapted the concept of Women’s Community Education – a participatory, women-focused and women friendly context of learning with and for women.

Women’s Community Education will happen in your community centres and community organisations. Ask your Community Resource Centre or Family Resource Centre.

Repower Programme 2017 - 2020

(Recruiting, Empowering and Progressing Opportunities for Women’s Equal Rights)

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The REPOWER programme is designed to support you on a path to personal growth, education and employment. The programme provides a range of modules and supports to allow for your personal development, skills development and educational opportunities.

In September and February each year we start with our 15 weeks programme in different areas of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County. We facilitate courses and workshops in the morning but don’t teach during school breaks.

The following modules are available:

  • Personal Development with Basic Computer Skills
  • QQI Level 4 Employability Skills module.
  • Job Seeker Skills Workshop (7 mornings)
  • Advanced Computer course (10 weeks)

    You can sign up for courses that interest you.

In addition we offer one-to-one coaching and counselling support on request to women who engage in the programme. This support is available to help you review and evaluate your own personal situation, to help you identify and explore your own career path more specifically and to provide added help in completing any modules successfully.

The REPOWER programme is open to all women who are not in receipt of Job Seeker payments.
If you are in receipt of Job Seeker payment support will be available to you through the Local Employment Service.
Courses will also be promoted on the website (news section).
For more information and to register please call Marilyn Nyquist on 01 7060100 or 087 2198183

This project is part of the Irish Government and European Social Fund (ESF) as part of the ESF Programme for Employability , Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014 - 2020.
It is conducted by the
Southside Partnership Women's Programme.

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The following learning opportunities are also available in the county:

Southside Partnership Training Network

Southside Partnership Training Network focuses on building community capacity through the provision of quality, affordable training courses to individuals and groups working within Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown. Courses are open to all those living or working within Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown. Priority will be given to those who work within areas and communities of disadvantage. All of our training is organised to suit the needs of the learner and will take place within the local community to facilitate easy access. If a group has an interest in any particular course, we will make every effort to accommodate their request.


The Old Post Office,
7 Rock Hill
Main Street
Co. Dublin

Phone: 01 7060100

Southside Partnership

Healthy Food Made Easy Programme

This Community based nutrition and cooking programme aims to encourage healthy eating, to improve the knowledge of nutrition when preparing meals at home and to eat healthy meals on a budget. This is a 6 weeks course of 2 - 2,5 hour sessions per week. There will be an opportunity for all participants to prepare, cook and eat healthy food.

If you have any questions or belong to a group that would like further information please contact

HFME Project Coordinator
Southside Partnership
Phone: 01 706 0100

Dublin and Dun Laoghaire Education and Training Board (ETB)

Dublin & Dún Laoghaire Education & Training Board have six Adult Education Services, each based in a particular region within County Dublin.
The aim of the Adult Education Service is to meet the needs of the adult learner by providing education that is inclusive, flexible and responsive to the needs of the individual learner and the community.

The services operate in a variety of venues in the regional areas.

Courses are provided in a friendly and supportive atmosphere and there are a wide range on offer covering a variety of subject areas. Full-time day courses and part-time day/evening courses are available. Many courses are free of charge or at reduced rates to specified groups.

Programmes offered in our centres include:

  • Adult Basic Education
  • One to One Literacy & Numeracy
  • Spellings
  • FETAC Accredited Courses
  • BTEI (Back to Education Initiative)
  • ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)
  • Guidance/Information Service
  • Community Education
  • VTOS (Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme)
  • ITABE (Intensive Training Adult Basic Education)
  • Outreach Programmes
  • Family learning
  • Return to learning
  • Morning Adult Education Courses
  • Skills for Work

The following services are available in Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown:

Dún Laoghaire Adult and Community Based Education Services ACBES

The Adult and Community Based Education Service (ACBES) offers part-time options for people to return to education, at whatever starting point that best suits their needs.
Services range from support with basic skills difficulties, working towards initial qualifications at Levels 2 to 5, or even attending small group classes to prepare for college. Also included are guidance and information on the best route forward, plus financial and other supports available if going to college.
ACBES also offers a variety of courses in partnership with community groups. It works with employers, offering tailored workplace education programmes for employees.

Contact Details:

phone: 01 204 3626 (Adult Guidance Service Guidance)

South Dublin Adult Education Service

The South Dublin Adult Education Service (SDAES) is an Adult Education Service operating in Dublin and Dun Laoghaire Education and Training Board. We provide Adult Education throughout Rathdown for the areas from Rathfarnham to Shankill. The headquarters of the SDAES is located in Dundrum. We strive to meet the needs of the adult learner by providing education that is inclusive, flexible and delivered in a friendly and supportive atmosphere. We hope that you will find that this is reflected in the range of services and programmes that we offer and the locations in which they can be accessed. See our website for further information regarding the range of Classes, Programmes and Services available to the Adult Learner. Areas covered by (SDAES): Dundrum/Stillorgan/Rathfarnham/Ballinteer/Sandyford/Shankill/Kilternan

Contact Details:
Centre for Adult & Further Education, Formerly Dundrum College, Sydenham Road, Dundrum, Dublin 14
phone: 01 298 9283

Dundrum Adult Education Service

Dun Laoghaire Community Training Centre

Dun Laoghaire CTC Ltd. is providing training programmes and services to ‘Early School Leavers’ and young unemployed people aged 15 – 21 in Dun Laoghaire.

They provide early school leavers and disadvantaged young people with nationally accredited educational and training programmes and services which will enable them to realise their potential and assist them in securing suitable employment.
There are five course areas from which trainees choose.

  • Computer training (the ECDL programme is followed)
  • Catering and hospitality skills(basic cooking and catering skills)
  • Industrial Skills (Metalwork and woodwork)
  • Pre – Apprenticeship training (for young people wishing to pursue an apprenticeship but who don’t have the necessary Junior Certificate results required to begin one)
  • Young Mothers (Parenting skills, child play, etc)


41a York Road
Dun Laoghaire
Co. Dublin.
Phone: 01 2841194

Other useful links in the county:

Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art Design & Technology

Blackrock Education Centre

Blackrock College of Further Education

Dun Laoghaire College of Further Education

Sallynoggin College of Further Education

Stillorgan College of Further Education

Aontas (The National Adult Learning Organisation)