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About Athlone Training Centre

  • Athlone Training Centre is located centrally in the midlands
  • The Training Centre is committed to providing up-to-date training courses to meet labour market needs.
  • The Training Centre provides full time course, part time courses, day and evening courses across a wide range of areas.
  • Athlone Training Centre provides a bus transport service for students from all major towns within the immediate area.  Click here to download the bus route.
  • The Training centre provides modern classrooms and workshops.
  • A subsididsed canteen is provided for all students.
  • Free car parking facilities are provided.
  • The Training Centre has a Pearson Vue and authorised Microsoft Test Centre.
    • The Training Centre offers a wide range of courses across the following areas;
      • Business
      • Office Administration
      • Career Planning
      • Computer Hardware / Networks
      • Computer Software
      • Computer Applications
      • Construction Related
      • Engineering Related
      • Electronics / Industrial
      • Hairdressing
      • Health / Child Care
      • Management
      • Return to Work
      • Sports / Leisure
    • The Training Centre offers a range of programmes leading to qualifications within the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).
    • These include major awards at QQI levels 5-6; minor, special purpose awards at QQI levels 3-5; and Craft, Phase 2.
    • The Training Centre also offers through its Test Centre, Professional Qualifications such as Oracle, Abode, Cisco and Microsoft

    Athlone Training Centre Course Overview

    Athlone Training Centre as part of Longford Westmeath Education Training Board (LWETB) is committed to delivering an extensive range of training courses to its clients.   These clients include persons entering the labour market for the first time, persons changing career, persons wishing to up-date or acquire new skills and early school leavers.   The following is an outline of these programmes.

    Adult Day 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 persons wishing to up-date or acquire new skills.

    Course options include courses providing the necessary basic technical and generic skills required to access market-led specific skills courses or a traineeship.
    Courses can lead to QQI Awards at levels 3, 4, 5 and 6 and/or to industry recognised accreditation.
    The duration of training can vary, short modular courses are typically 6 weeks, longer courses are generally 24 weeks duration.


    The Traineeship programme is an occupational skills development programme which combines formal training within the Training Centre and workplace coaching with an employer.  The training content and occupational standards for all traineeships are based on consultation with employers, trade union, regulatory bodies and interest groups.   


    The range of traineeships, which are tailored to the needs of Irish industry and local businesses, offer programme participants occupationally relevant training and industry recognised qualifications.
    On successful completion of all written and practical assessments for both on and off-the-job training, learners will receive a QQI Award at either Certificate or Advanced Certificate level. This serves as a nationally recognised qualification through the National Qualification Authority of Ireland (NQAI).
    Traineeships are aimed at new labour market entrants and unemployed persons. The minimum age for participation on a Traineeship programme is the statutory school leaving age of 16 years.
    A key characteristic of the Traineeship Programme is the role employer’s play in the training process. The benefits for employers and programme participants are numerous, from improving productivity and access to potential employment opportunities respectively.

    Apprenticeship is the recognised means by which people are trained to become craftspeople in Ireland. The main craft trades have been designated by SOLAS and come within the scope of the Statutory Apprenticeship system, which is organised in Ireland by SOLAS in co-operation with the Department of Education and Skills, employers and unions.
    Apprenticeship is a demand-driven, workplace and classroom, educational and training programme for employed people aimed at developing the skills of the apprentice to meet the needs of industry and the labour market. The Curriculum for each apprenticeship programme is based on uniform, pre-specified standards which are agreed and determined by industry. On successful completion of an apprenticeship, a QQI Advanced Certificate is awarded, this is recognised internationally as the requirement for craftsperson status.

    On successful completion of an apprenticeship an apprentice is eligible for consideration for entry into related degree programmes provided by the Institutes of Technology providing he/she also meets other special entry requirements.



    Supported/Community Training Programmes

    Supported-training courses are those that are primarily developed and offered to learners who require significant additional supports to access and undertake training as part of their agreed pathway to work.  Within the Midlands Region, the LWETB supported training provision is offered across a range of Community Training programmes covering counties Westmeath, Longford, Offaly, Laois and Kildare. 
    The four key providers are:

    The Community Training Centres (CTCs) are aimed at early school leavers aged between 16 and 21 years, who are most in need of basic vocational training and are managed by representative community committees.
    In the Midlands there are four CTCs who provide training places. The training provision is divided between  in-centre learners and linked work experience learners.  Each CTC provides a range of Major QQI awards at level 3 and 4.  Modules available to learners include maths, science, engineering, hairdressing, catering, information technology, horticulture, social and personal skills training, literacy and numeracy.

    Athlone Training Centre, in partnership with community based groups, provides a range of person centred, proactive training/job related services to assist individuals enter/re-enter the active labour market.  In addition, it aims to promote the removal of barriers and provide supports, which ensure access to programmes, services and employment for individuals and groups experiencing exclusion and labour market disadvantage.

    Local Training Initiative (LTI) programmes enable Athlone Training Centre to fulfil these objectives and at the same time provide support to Community/Voluntary Organisations to address local service and development needs.  Initiatives are firmly rooted in the community and encourage people who otherwise might not avail of mainstream training to develop their existing skills and learn new skills in an environment that is tailored to their particular local needs.

    The LTIs provide a range of training programmes which lead to Major QQI awards between levels 3 and 4 primarily. 

    Athlone Training Centre, in partnership with community based groups, provides a range of person centred, proactive training/job related services to assist individuals enter/re-enter the active labour market.  In addition, it aims to promote the removal of barriers and provide supports, which ensure access to programmes, services and employment for individuals and groups experiencing exclusion and labour market disadvantage.

    Specialist Training Providers (STPs) programmes enable Athlone Training Centre to fulfil these objectives and at the same time provide support to Community/Voluntary Organisations to address local service and development needs.  Initiatives are firmly rooted in the community and encourage people who otherwise might not avail of mainstream training to develop their existing skills and learn new skills in an environment that is tailored to their particular local needs.

    The STPs provide a range of training programmes which lead to Major QQI awards between levels 3 and 4 primarily. 

    Ex-prisoners/Ex-offenders qualify for the full range of LWETB services.  LWETB and the Probation and Welfare Services collaborate on a number of justice workshops for youths at risk who may be offenders or ex-prisoners. The aim is to prevent custodial sentences and to rehabilitate ex-offenders.  At present there are a number of joint ETB/Probation and Welfare Justice Workshops.  Justice Workshops provides training places which offer QQI awards at levels 3-4 on the National Framework of Qualifications.

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    • "The ITSS course in Athlone gave me the skills and confidence to apply for and get these positions, but also to be successful in them. I would highly recommend this course for anybody changing careers or starting out in IT"

      Karl Moran, Ibub, recent ITSS Trainee, Athlone Training Centre

    • "The tutors were very encouraging, obliging and approachable at all times. Today I am working in Athlone Castle, in a position I am greatly enjoying, due to the help I received from the Staff in the Athlone Training Centre”

      Fiona Naughton, Athlone Castle, recent Office Administration Trainee, Athlone Training Centre

    • "The pneumatic module was very beneficial to me as I had never worked with pneumatics before and now I am grateful because I work with electrical and pneumatic controlled robots everyday. This, along with my now broadened knowledge of working with PLC's is what landed me the opportunity of a life time"

      Colm O'Brien, Working in Canada, recent Industrial Automation Trainee, Athlone Training Centre