A – Learning for Everyday Life (LFEL)

What is LFEL? – LFEL is a 28 week QQI accredited course aimed at people who want to improve their personal potential and life chances through education and training. Participants cover 6 modules – Maths, Communications, Personal Effectiveness, IT Skills, Office Procedures and Career Preparation. This leads to a Level 3 Major Award in General Learning.

Who’s it for? – It is aimed at people who may have left school early, those who want to learn new skills, meet new people and build their confidence and people interested in getting into a job. The course is open to people with less than a Leaving Certificate level of education and/or in receipt of a social welfare payment.

Why do it?

  • It’s free
  • LFEL aims to progress participants into mainstream education, training and employment One to one support and guidance is provided by the KCETB Adult Education Guidance and Information Service (AEGIS).
  • Intensive family and personal support is provided through an allocated Key Worker to address family, health, social and other issues that act as barriers to participation and progression.
  • Participants have the opportunity of attending one hour ESOL training per week to help with English language skills.


Location: St Catherine’s Community Services Centre

Times: Monday — Friday, 9.45 am — 1.00 pm

Start Date: September

Course Duration: 24 weeks

Course Content:  Communications, Mathematics, Computers, Personal Effectiveness, Career Preparation and Office Procedures.

Accreditation: QQI Level 3 Major Award in General Learning.

B – Preparation for Work Programme

This is a QQI accredited part-time 11 week course that provides participants with an opportunity to prepare for and gain experience in the labour market and to explore progression options. It is targeted at people with limited or no experience of working including those who have been out of the workforce for some time and works to provide the skills and confidence required to gain employment.   One to one support is also provided on progression options and family and personal issues. Participants complete a 4 week work placement as part of the course.


Location: St Catherine’s Community Services Centre

Times: Monday — Friday, 9.45 am — 1.00 pm

Start Date: April

Course Duration: 11 weeks including 4 week work placement

Course Content: QQI Level 3 Work Experience and Internet and Email

C – Community Education/Evening Courses

St. Catherine’s provides short term community based adult education courses designed to provide participants with a good experience of their first step back into education. These courses are low cost and accessible with reduced fees for people in receipt of social welfare (proof of recent DSP payment is required at time of enrolment).

Courses include:

  • Digital Skills
  • Computers for Beginners
  • Tablets for Beginners
  • Smartphones for Beginners
  • Digital Skills for Improvers
  • Yoga & Relaxation
  • International Women’s Group

To enrol

Please drop into St Catherine’s Community Services Centre, St Joseph’s Road, Carlow Monday – Friday -9.30am to 12.30 pm.

If you are in receipt of social welfare, you may be entitled to the reduced fee rate.  Proof of social welfare payments must be presented.  Full fees must be paid on enrolment

For more information please contact:

Andrea Dalton

Senior Community Worker for Community Education

Tel: 059 9138706
Email: andread@catherines.ie