Foreword from Margaret Morrin | Centre Director

It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the Portarlington Further Education and Training Centre. The Centre is dedicated to providing adults with further or ‘second chance’ education and training opportunities. Its ethos is consistent with the profile of its learner population, meaning that its focal point is on the active participation of the learner in the decision making process.

Portarlington Further Education and Training Centre is focused on providing an environment of study that will enrich the quality of life for both learners and tutors. It also concentrates on enabling learners to engage in life-long learning. I hope you will all get involved in the Centre’s activities as this participation is a great way of getting to know other learners in the Centre with similar interests.

You are all encouraged to be involved in accepting responsibility for your own learning. We are proud of our record of academic success, the support we give our learners, the progression rates to third level institutions and to employment and the excellence of the facilities available in the Centre. The Centre operates under the auspices of Co. Laois Vocational Education Committee and in accordance with the regulations of the Department of Education and Skills.

Finally, do not hesitate to contact any member of staff if you encounter any problems or difficulties.

I wish you every success for the future.

Margaret Morrin – Centre Director

Further Education and Training

At Portarlington Further Education and Training Centre we offer a wide and flexible selection of programmes, which provides the learner with numerous developmental pathways into further/higher education and employment. Under our flexible further education programmes the learner has the option to study part time through the Back To Education Initiative (BTEI) or full time on the Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme (VTOS). Portarlington Further Education and Training Centre is registered with Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) offering programmes that lead to QQI awards on the National Framework of Qualifications and therefore offer a range of courses at QQI level 3, level 4, Level 5 and level 6. In addition to this we also offer professional qualifications at certificate and diploma level towards Accounting Technicians awards through our partnership with Accounting Technicians Ireland. 

Lifelong Learning Department

Portarlington Further Education and Training Centre, in association with The Institute of Public Administration, a recognised college of UCD (IPA/UCD), Accounting Technicians Ireland (ATI), University College Cork (UCC) and IPASS offer learners a suite of part-time programmes. Therse is a wide variety of choices available that allow busy individuals to update their qualifictaions on a part time basis at undergraduate, postgraduate, higher diploma and certificate levels. The courses are all designed to be industry standard. These programmes may commence at the beginning of the academic year in September. Please contact us for more information.