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Adult Education and Training

There are a number of agencies and organisation in Kilkenny organising and running training and development courses for community employment, small businesses youth and further education.


Carlow/Kilkenny Training Skillnets in Kilkenny
Enterprise led training organisation aim to enhance the skills of employees in local businesses

Dept of Social, Community & Family Affairs
Education & training unemployed


Agricultural Forestry & equestrian


Training for peoples with disabilities

Kilkenny County Enterprise Board

Range of training courses for SME's

Castlecomer District & Community Development Network

Community development North East Kilkenny

Co Kilkenny Vocational Education

Education Training Programmes


Employment Training

Kilkenny Community Action Network

Community Development programmes

Barrow Nore Suir Rural Development
Training for rural communities


Business Skills, Office, Secretarial and Bookkeeping Training, including FETAC, City & Guilds as well as Pitman Training courses.

Dept of Social, Community & Family Affairs

The DSCFA jobs facilitator, can be contacted at Govt Buildings Hebron Rd. Kilkenny, between 10am & 12.30am. The DSCFA offer various incentives to unemployed people to help them return to the workplace or to further Education & Training,

The main schemes are

-The Back to Work Allowance
-The Back to Work Enterprise Allowance
-Back to Education Allowance
-PRSI Exemption Scheme for employers
-The students summer job scheme.
Contact Jobs Facilitator (056) 7763086

Castlecomer District Community Development Network (CDCDC)

CDCDC was established under the operational programme for local development to support the area of North East Kilkenny which is traditionally divided into Castlecomber, Clogh, Mooneenroe, Coon/Muckalee/Ballyfoyle, Conahy and Ballyragget. (Combined population 800).

CDCD Network community work team, works with local voluntary and community groups, statutory agencies and social partners to implement the Strategic plan 2000-2006 for North East Kilkenny, which incorporates measures to promote social inclusion in the areas of Community Development, Unemployment, Youth, Education and Training. All measures are gender, disability, equality and rural proofed and include one to one work with the long-term unemployed, women, people with disabilities, young people and the elderly.
Contact PJ Cleere (056) 7741966

Kilkenny County Enterprise Board

Kilkenny County Enterprise Board has launched it Spring Training Programme and provides a range of courses designed to assist owners/managers of small and mediums sized businesses.For details on booking please contact Tel 056 7752662 Fax 056 7751649
e-mail enquiries@kceb.ie.

Kilkenny Community Action Network

KCAN was established in 1994 under the Local Devlopment Programme, to support the communities od Newpark Close, Bishopbirch Place, Loughboy, Hebron Park and the Butts. This remit was later expanded to include the Travelling community and people with disabilities. kcan provides the following advisory and training services.

Community Development:
A community development worker supports the development of the community structure and networks within the target communities.

Employment support - One to One
Explore career options, decide on an appropriate career plan, get help devising a C.V., access a relevant training course, provide pre-employment training for Long Term Unemployed.

Enterprise support - One to One
Discuss your idea and help you draw up a business plan, help you apply for Back to Work Enterprise Allowance, help with applications for grants or low cost finance, put you contact with a business mentor, provide relevant training for your business.
Contact Tom Mc Donald Tel (056) 52811

Barrow Nore Suir Rural Development (BNS)

Training and Education Programmes

BNS is the agency that delivers the European Union,s LEADER programme to the Carlow/Kilkenny and South-East Tipperary region. The LEADER programme provides funding for a wide number of training courses and educational programmes which will improve the economic, 'social or cultural quality of life' of the rural community.

If applications are approved by the Board, BNS may agree to take on the organisation of a course or alternatively if training is readily available from another convenient source BNS may grant-aid participants on this scheduled course.. Most courses or programmes are part-funded, in that participants are expected to pay portion of the costs. The percentage of payment will be decided by the Board.

The following courses are available through B..N.S. LEADER: basic computing, foreign languages, craft skills, alternative enterprises and business management for farm families, personal development, community tourism, start your own business, telework, and advanced IT, 3rd level certificates in community and rural development Kilkenny Community Action Network
Contact Declan Rice Tel (056) 7752111

Kilkenny Vocational Education Committee

Co. Kilkenny V.E.C. provides a range of education programmes at its schools and centres throughout the county. Its adult education service is involved in the provision of educational opportunities for adults who wish to return to education for a second chance or further enhance their current qualification.
The services provided include:

Evening class Program
Short 9 week courses to Certification, Diploma and Degree Programmes in a variety of subject areas at schools and centres throughout the the country.

Provides one to one individual and group tuition for adults with reading and writing difficulties. This service is free and confidential.. Wordaid Centre, 9 Ormonde Road. Kilkenny. Tel: 056 63149.

National Developement and Training Institute (NTDI)
N .T.D.I. is part of the Rehab group. They provide a broad range of training to people with disabilities. Courses ranging from computer to pre-employment are tailored to the individual based on his.her specific needs. Contact: Noel Maddock 0503 31295, 056 62043


(Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme)
A second chance education and training programme for those who are over 21 years and in receipt of social welfare payment. V.T.O.S. Centre Bishop Birch Training Institute, Kilkenny
Tel: 056 63149.

An education and training programme for early school leavers which combines a practical, academic and social skills course for young people from 15 to 17 years. Youthreach, Desert Hall, New Street, Kilkenny Tel: 056 23550.

Community Education Initiatives
The provision of support programmes for and in association with local voluntary, statutory and community groups based in the Co. Kilkenny area. These programmes are targeted at groups with specific needs. For further details contact Eileen Curtis Adult Education Organiser
Tel: 056 65103/51847


Provide a range of agricultural, forestry and equestrian courses and also have an extensive farm advisory service.

Phone: 056 7721153

Contact: Lorreto O Driscoll.


Fas is the National Training and Employment Authority and offers a range of services under the following headings:

Training Centre Waterford.
This centre offers a wide range of training courses in both apprentice sectors and specific skills. Notice of these courses are posted in the local FAS office Irishtown.

Community Employment.
A temporary part time work scheme which offers unemployed people a chance to work and progress from the scheme into full time employment. Activities are usually in the social economy sector, such as: tidy towns, care, heritage, arts, care taking support to schools. Specific skills and own time training is promoted.

Community Response
Genealogical type projects, personal development for disadvantaged groups.

Community Training Workshops
Workshops targeted at early school leavers.

Services to Business
Promotes training for those in employment. Provides grant aid for training and development. Administers the apprenticeship scheme.

Social Economy
New program looking at projects of commercial nature. Operates in areas not in conflict with the commercial sector. Projects must have ability to generate some income, but operate within the social economy e.g. Providing a local bus service, contract cleaning for local authorities, Childcare provision.

Placement Services
Provides a link between unemployed and employers. This services also provides job guidance and aptitude testing for employers.
Co-operative Development Unit
Assists groups to form co-operatives. The current drive is to assist elderly business people who have no heirs to set up co-ops with their workforce.

Kilkenny Jobs Club
Located in the Noreside Educational Centre, 5 John's Quay, the jobs club is a free service giving professional advice to those people who are seeking employment.
Contact Anna Byrne, Co-ordinator at 056 56043.

Carlow/Kilkenny Training Skillnets

Now also based at The Kilkenny Chamber of Commerce. Carlow/Kilkenny Training Skillnets established in 1999 are an enterprise led training organisation who's aim is to enhance the skills of employees in local businesses in Kilkenny and Carlow.
We can part-fund up to 30% of your training costs.

For further enquiries on your training and development needs.

Phone: Kilkenny Chamber at 056 7752767

Contact Name: Maria Morrissey

Kilkenny County Council, County Hall, John Street, Kilkenny
Tel: +353 (0) 56 7794000 | Fax: +353 (0) 56 7794004 | Email: info@kilkennycoco.ie | Emergency outside office hours: : 1890 252 654
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