Whether you are looking for a sociable way to learn a language or whether you are looking to gain a particular formal qualification, the range of evening classes available throughout Ireland should provide you with what you need.
Evening classes take place during term time in Education and Training Boards (ETBs), SOLAS Training Centres, schools, colleges and universities throughout the country. The courses on offer vary from centre to centre so it is worth looking around if you have a particular interest you would like to pursue.
In general you need to enrol a few weeks before the course starts. Enrolment takes place around mid September, again in mid-January and, in those centres with a summer term, around mid-March.
Normally, evening classes are advertised locally - for example in your local newspaper, community centre, health centre, school, parish hall, etc. Your local ETB, college, secondary school and SOLAS Training Centre will also be able to give you details on the courses that are on in your area and when they begin.
Education and Training Boards
Since 1 July 2013, Education and Training Boards (ETBs) replaced Vocational Educational Committees (VECs). All services provided by VECs will continue to be provided by ETBs.
The majority of evening classes are unaccredited and, as a result, you will not need any formal qualifications to take part. However, if you are interested in a course that offers a particular qualification, you may be required to have some prior qualification or experience in order to be eligible. Get in touch with the course organisers in advance, to check if there are any academic or professional qualifications required for your course.
The only requirement for most evening classes is that you pay the fee in advance.
Evening classes are generally self-funding so the cost of your course will
relate directly to the cost of the materials you will need. As a result, costs
may differ greatly from course to course.
The ETB usually organises a registration evening where you go along in person, sign up and pay for the course in advance. Contact information for all ETBs.
Application forms are generally available for SOLAS courses. You can search online for SOLAS training courses.
If you have a question relating to this topic you can contact the Citizens Information Phone Service on 0761 07 4000 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm) or you can visit your local Citizens Information Centre.