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Learners From South East Adult Education Service Visit National Botanical Gardens & Arboretum, Wicklow

Today we have a post from Caro Neville, Adult Literacy Organiser at the Dun Laoghaire Adult Education Service – South East at DDLETB Loughlinstown Training Centre. You can find out more about all DDLETB’s Adult Education Services by clicking here.

A Visit To The National Botanical Gardens & Arboretum

This year we used the NALA Student Development Fund to take a group of 23 students to the National Botanical Gardens and Arboretum in Kilmacurragh, Co Wicklow. It was a fantastic opportunity for our learners to enjoy an experience together that might not otherwise be possible. We had a really fantastic, almost magical day and when we returned to the center at the end everyone was buzzing. There was a real sense of community within our centre. Everyone agreed that it had really enhanced their year of learning with us. It was fun, educational, relaxing, and a brilliant way to end the term.
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DDLETB Adult Education Service Trip To National Botanic Gardens, Wicklow

We hired a bus, loaded it up with supplies, newspapers, worksheets, frozen water (it was really, really hot) coffee, tea, cakes and a picnic lunch and 3 tutors joined the students. Once we arrived we enjoyed coffee and cakes before the tour.

Our tour guide was fabulous, I spoke with her briefly about the profile of the group, and that we had created a quiz. She was wonderful, tailoring the tour to our learner’s level, including information that was important for the quiz. The learners were captivated and concentrated (unusual for a large group) and learned a lot historically and botanically. They were amazed at the beauty of nature.  There is an area planted for meditation and relaxation, full of orchids,  which we walked through silently, this was a completely new idea for most of the learners and afterwards everyone said how much they had enjoyed it.
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DDLETB Adult Education Service Trip To National Botanic Gardens Wicklow

Whilst we enjoyed a gorgeous picnic in the sun, which was a real treat, I observed that new friends were being made. A lot of them had not met before or only seen each other to nod hello to. We had several younger men and women who are generally very shy, sitting and lying together with the older members in the grass talking about what they had seen and learned. About how they would never have thought to come somewhere like this and how great it was. Beside us was a tree that grows outwards (not up) and inside is a tangle of branches and trunks and lots of the learners made small groups to enjoy exploring it. It was wonderful to see such integration and appreciation.

The quiz and prize giving of plants (we had two joint first prizes, three joint second prizes, and four joint third prizes) was wonderful with lots of laughter and appreciation. Everyone went home thrilled from the day and looked very happy.’

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DDLETB Adult Education Service Trip To National Botanic Gardens

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Find The Right Course For You With DDLETB

Congratulations to all the recent school leavers who’ve recently completed their Leaving Certificate!  Your journey of lifelong learning is just beginning, and DDLETB is here to offer you exciting opportunities in further education and training. Use our course finder to search for the course you are interested in pursuing.

Whether you’re in Balbriggan, Dún Laoghaire, Lucan, or any of the 26 locations around Dublin County,  we’ve got your learning needs covered. Our courses are designed to equip you with real-world skills that matter, whether you’re stepping into the professional world for the first time or looking to enhance your expertise.

But it’s not just for our fresh-faced learners – adults seeking to enhance their skill sets or change career paths are also welcomed with open arms.  DDLETB’s commitment to fostering growth and development knows no age limits. It’s never too late to invest in yourself and achieve those long-held ambitions.

Curious to find the perfect program that aligns with your interests and aspirations? Use our course finder to search for the right course for you. Your educational journey is unique, and our diverse offerings ensure there’s something tailor-made for every learner.

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DDLETB Leaving Cert 2023

Well Done To All Of Our Leaving Cert Learners!

Well done to all of our Leaving Certificate learners from across our 31 Community Colleges and our Youthreach and Adult Education Centres who received their results today.
We are extremely proud of your hard work, dedication and perseverance and we wish you all the very best for the future.
Your schools/colleges/centres and the wider #DDLETB team remain available for advice, information, support or even just a chat 😁
For information or advice on pathways to Further Education, Training, careers or employment please get in touch and visit www.Ddletb.ie for our course finder.
There are now more pathways than ever to help you reach your desired destination!
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Reduced Fees For PLC Courses For Academic Year 2023 – 2024

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DDLETB Reduced Fees For PLC Course in Academic Year 2023 – 2024.

Opportunities For School Leavers!

In response to the cost of living crisis, we are implementing a significant reduction in fees for all domestic students undertaking a Post Leaving Cert (PLC) course in the upcoming academic year 2023 – 2024. All fees, excluding a nominal registration fee of no more than €50 will be waived.

Visit our Course Finder.

Not sure what to do next? Take some time out to plan for your future.

DDLETB is here to support you in building a solid foundation for your future. Take this opportunity to explore your options, discover your potential, and plan for a successful future.

Building gateways to new opportunities.

Further Education & Training courses are your gateway to exciting new opportunities. Our latest initiative ensures that you can embark on a course without worrying about the cost. Now is your chance to embrace a hands-on learning experience, gain practical skills, and pave the way to a promising future.

Discover your talents. Be yourself. Be the best that you can be.

Our Further Education & Training Colleges offer a huge range of courses. You can fully immerse yourself in exploring your passions, developing your skills, and unleashing your true potential. Visit our Course Finder to help you take the next step in your education.

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We have Further Education & Training opportunities throughout County Dublin in your community.

Blackrock Further Education Institute

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Collinstown Park Community College, Clondalkin

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Grange Community College, Dublin 13

Greenhills Community College

St. Kevin’s Community College, Clondalkin

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Active Youth Challenge DDLETB Minister OGorman

DDLETB Active Youth Challenge 2023 

The Active Youth Challenge (AYC), hosted by Dublin and Dun Laoghaire ETB Youth and Sports Section, is an annual programme which encourages young people (aged 10-24) to be physically active for an hour each week for a period of twelve weeks. The programme commences each year in February and culminates in May with a public recognition event. This programme is open to all youth and voluntary groups throughout County Dublin. 

The programme is coordinated by DDLETB sports officers and the individual groups participating are led by their youth officers or designated group leaders. Groups are encouraged to design and select activities of their choice; being as creative and as novel as possible. The uniqueness of their individual group programmes is reflected in their project submissions, which are forwarded for independent adjudication. 

The recognition event this year saw 250 young people from 33 groups awarded medals, certificates and trophies. They had collectively accumulated approximately 460 hours of activity in total. 

Active Youth Challenge DDLETB Mayor Fingal

Active Youth Challenge DDLETB Mayor of Fingal


Active Youth Challenge DDLETB Minister OGorman

Active Youth Challenge DDLETB Minister O’Gorman


TEAM DDLETB Sports Officers

TEAM DDLETB Sports Officers

Special Awards

There were 3 special awards: 

  1. The “Best Name” went to the group “The Jammy Jobers” 
  1. The “Most Novel Activity” went to the group “JFC Score Settlers.” 
  1. The “Overall Excellence Award” went to the group “Not Furious, Just Fast.” 

The event was hosted on Friday, May 26th at Phibblestown Community Centre. It was a wonderful evening for all involved, and was attended by the Mayor of Fingal, Minister O’Gorman and DDLETB Senior Leaders.  Participants and attendees were entertained by Music Generation and Remember Us All Star Choir.  We also had the opportunity to meet and hear from Zak Moradi, Leitrim hurler and Author, on the importance of sport, teamwork and inclusion. 

 Thank you to all those who participated and supported our young learners during the programme and thank you to all those who attended our ceremony.   


BFEI Design Exhibition

Design Exhibition In Blackrock Further Education Institute

After a year of hard work in Blackrock Further Education Institute, our design students are ready to exhibit their work.

Interior and Architectural Design, Landscape Design, Product, and Graphic Design students have put together an exciting selection of their work for visitors to enjoy.

The exhibition opens on Tuesday 23 May from 6 pm to 8 pm and can be viewed on 24 and 25th of May from 10am to 4pm a the college.
All are welcome to come and see what our design team has been doing.

BFEI Design Exhibition

DDLETB Loughlinstown Open Day 2023

Loughlinstown Training Centre Open Day – 17th May

Loughlinstown Training Centre’s OPEN DAY takes place on Wednesday, May 17th from 10 am to 3 pm.

This event will host more than 25 exhibitors from across a range of sectors designed to meet the education and learning needs of adults in South County Dublin.

On the day we will have DDLETB local PLC colleges promoting their FET programmes as well as our own Training Centre providing information on Apprenticeships and Skills-based Training Programmes for the employed and unemployed.

Several Health Care Support companies who are actively recruiting to fill existing vacancies will be in attendance; also, Community Employment projects will have information about opportunities for those wishing to re-enter the world of work in a range of settings including the arts, retail, and horticultural sectors.

CV and Interview Skills information sessions will be delivered at times throughout the day to all who are interested, and career guidance and advice is also available to attendees.

This and much more will be on offer on Wednesday, May 17th in Loughlinstown Training Centre, don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to gain so much in one visit!


DDLETB Loughlinstown Open Day 2023

ETB Local Heroes 2023 - Ray And Jack

Dublin Heroes Ray & Jack Inspire Students and Staff

RTE Newsreader & Special Olympian feature in national “ETB Heroes” campaign

Former Dublin Education & Training Board students, RTE’s Kennedy, and gold medal-winning Special Olympian Jack McFadden feature in a national campaign to highlight Ireland’s 16 Education & Training Boards which launched this week.

Ray and Jack when they at the recent ETB Excellence Awards in Croke Park and features Ray (left) and Jack (centre) pictured with Jack’s Mum Maria, Dad Paul and sister Alisha. Picture by photographer Marc O’Sullivan

Ray and Jack when they at the recent ETB Excellence Awards in Croke Park and features Ray (left) and Jack (centre) pictured with Jack’s Mum Maria, Dad Paul and sister Alisha. Picture by photographer Marc O’Sullivan

In the “ETB Heroes” video released by Education and Training Boards Ireland (ETBI), we meet RTE newsreader Ray and third level student Jack as they revisit Colaiste Dhulaigh, Coolock (City of Dublin ETB) and Colaiste Pobal Setanta, Clonee (Dublin & Dunlaoghaire ETB) to talk with current students and staff.

“My ETB made me into a journalist” Ray says, “The job has brought me all around the world, but it all began here” he said, adding that by providing him with the accessible foundation his local ETB “changed my life”. Ray met with current media student and aspiring producer Laura Byrne in Colaiste Dhulaigh and offered her encouragement and advice on her media career journey.

Ray Kennedy & Learner Laura Byrne

Ray Kennedy & Learner Laura Byrne

Jack McFadden said “attending an ETB school – it’s able to open so many doors for me with my dyslexia and other difficulties.” Jack, who took home two gold and one bronze medal in swimming from the 2019 Special Olympics is currently a student in Trinity College Dublin. “Barriers aren’t a problem for Jack,” his former teacher Frances Shannon states, “he will always pursue his dreams.”

Jack McFadden and Teacher Frances Shannon DDLETB

Jack McFadden and Teacher Frances Shannon DDLETB

The video also features current and past ETB students including Singer Songwriter Tolü Makay (Laois & Offaly ETB), TG4 presenter and producer Máire Treasa Ní Dhubhghaill (Galway & Roscommon ETB) and Teacher Michael Farrell (Kilkenny & Carlow ETB) and seeks to highlight the lifelong learning provided by Education & Training Boards though their nationwide network of schools and colleges.


ETBI Videos – Excellence Awards 2023

ETB Ireland Excellence Awards –  Heroes Jack McFadden Colaiste Pobal Setanta DDLETB

ETB Ireland Excellence Awards – Heroes Ray Kennedy and learner Laura

ETB Ireland Excellence Awards – Heroes Full Video


DDLETB Sallynoggin College of Further Education Flower Show

Floristry Show At SCFE

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An Exhibition of Wedding Flower Designs by the Professional Floristry Students

At Sallynoggin College Of Further Education (SCFE) we would like to invite you all to our beautiful Floristry Wedding Fair which takes place on Wednesday 19th April at 5 pm in the college.
Please also look out for our students who are taking part in an 8-hour painting competition in the Lexicon Library on Tuesday 28th and Wednesday 29th of March.
The results of the competition will be on display at our annual Art and Fashion Exhibition which will take place in the Lexicon Library on Monday 8th of May.
All Welcome!

About the Professional Floristry Course at SCFE

Students on the floristry course develop the skills to design, create and arrange floral and plant displays for retail, event, and domestic floristry. All flowers and plants are provided and students work in a bright, dedicated floristry room with award-winning teachers.
DDLETB BFEI Erasmus Malaga

Sun, Sand and CPD in Spain

Today we have a guest post by Irene Goldrick, a teacher at Blackrock Further Education Institute, who participated in a five day, fully funded, Erasmus+ CDP course in Malaga, Spain last month.

Getting there

Around 1pm on Sunday 19th March, eight BFEI (Blackrock Further Education Institute) teachers gathered in Dublin airport in an atmosphere of anticipation, excitement, and a little trepidation prior to our flight to Malaga, Spain for five days of CPD (Continuing Professional Development). The CPD was fully funded  through the Erasmus+ programme coordinated by Leargas.  Landing around 8pm we were collected and brought to our amazing accommodation on Calle Constancia and unpacked. Shortly after we headed out on foot to explore, get out bearings and attend to our rumbling tummies!

DDLETB BFEI Erasmus Malaga

DDLETB BFEI Erasmus Malaga

Day 1

An early start on Monday to ensure we arrived on time at our training centre. En route we found a delightful bakery – Pasteleria La Canasta, this was to become our regular spot for breakfast, where we could enjoy a Malaga delicacy – the “torta loco” a custard-based pastry. Fortified with our café con leche and a substantial amount of carbs we went to meet our wonderful facilitator, Nicole, in Innovation Campus, Malaga Urban Technopole on Calle Carretería. A beautiful, period building, thoughtfully renovated, setting the tone for what would be a stimulating, yet mentally challenging five days of professional development.

Our first day focused on Mindfulness – the practice of being present in the moment, which in turn trains us to become more mindful throughout the day, particularly during demanding situations. All of us felt this practice would be hugely beneficial in a teaching environment. To wind down after, some of the group opted for a quick dip in the Mediterranean Sea whilst others opted for a relaxing walk along the beach.

Day 2

Up early and off to Innovation Campus. Today our focus would be on developing our Leadership skills. Again, through Nicole’s skilled facilitation we explored the characteristics of a good leader and identified in ourselves our leadership qualities and how we might apply these skills in a professional context.  This session was particularly insightful and helped to awaken and develop our leadership qualities.

After an intensive morning, it was time to relax and explore some of the rich historical sites in Malaga. The amazing Castillo de Gibralfaro sits on a hill overlooking Malaga port dating back to the 10th century. The castle is famous for its three-month siege by the Catholic monarchs, Ferdinand and Isabella, which ended only when hunger forced the Malagueños to surrender.

DDLETB BFEI Erasmus Trip Words

DDLETB BFEI Erasmus Trip Words

Day 3

Rested and refreshed, Conflict Resolution was the theme for day 3 of the training.  A welcome development brought the arrival of some Italian colleagues from a school in Rome to join our session. Our warm and friendly Italian colleagues brought an interesting and insightful understanding of how culture, language and traditions can affect how we approach conflict resolution.

A stunning day in Malaga, the Irish delegates opted in the afternoon for a wonderful boat ride to take in the fresh air, sun and beautiful coastal scenery. As a group, we reflected on how Malaga looked very different from a coastal aspect. This paralleled with the day’s learnings from Conflict Resolution – we need to take time to reflect on how perspective on an issue can be very different, depending on the viewpoint.

Day 4

Our fourth training session took a deeper dive into Conflict Resolution – this culminated in a role play where diametrically opposed sides sort to resolve the conflict by understanding each other’s needs. Facilitating the process, Nicole gave us a greater understanding of Marshal Rosenberg’s Non-Violent Communication (NVC).  Rosenberg developed NVC in the 1960s as a tool to implement the desegregation of schools in the United States. The key tenet of this approach is to help people connect with their own humanity and that of others respectfully, compassionately, and peacefully.

This was quite an intensive session, and all later welcomed some cultural relief by viewing the Cathedral of Malaga, a magnificent building styled on renaissance architecture. Close by the Museo Picasso. A debate ensued as to those who favoured Picasso’s modernistic artistic approach or “Cubism” and those that favoured impressionism.   What better way to put Conflict Resolution into practice!! To conclude the evening, one thing that we all agreed on was the superb Flamenco concert. An enriching display of Spanish dancing, singing and guitar playing that brought clapping and smiling in unison.

Day 5

Up earlier than usual to pack and check out. Today’s session focused on Decision Making, this challenged us to reflect on our decision-making approaches and to consider our needs and feelings but also the needs and feelings of those who may be impacted by our decisions.  In a teaching environment, being able to articulate clearly the reason for our decisions helps us to communicate openly, honestly and effectively with students and colleagues.

To mark the end of our CPD a wonderful lunch was enjoyed, reflections and experiences shared and a final stroll through the beautiful streets of Malaga before our flight home.

DDLETB BFEI Erasmus Trip Malaga

DDLETB BFEI Erasmus Trip Malaga

Reflection and thanks

It was an incredible opportunity to progress our CPD in Malaga.  Being away from our normal routine gave us the space to reflect and engage in Mindfulness, Leadership Skills, Conflict Resolution and Decision-Making in a meaningful and challenging manner.  A sincere thanks to our management team and colleagues in BFEI for all their long hours of work managing, supporting, and encouraging the Erasmus+ programme for students and staff.  Thank you to Nicole for facilitating such a challenging and interesting CPD agenda. Also, thanks to European Era for their support and partnership. Finally, to my experienced colleagues that I had the pleasure and privilege to spend time with, learn from, laugh with and continue my personal professional development journey – thank you.