Study in Donegal

Specific Skills Training

Specific skills training courses are full-time courses ranging from six to forty weeks duration. They are designed to provide students with a range of employability related skills and formal vocational qualifications to facilitate those entering the labour market for the first time and for those wishing to update or acquire new skills

Donegal ETB offers specific skills training courses at Levels 3, 4, 5 and 6 through QQI or other industry recognised accreditation in a range of areas including:

—Bus Driving

—Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV) Driving


Surf Instructor and Beach Lifeguard


“I studied Metalwork at school and quickly realised that I really enjoyed it. I knew I wanted to improve my knowledge and skills so started researching courses. I came across a welding course in Gweedore—it was the perfect fit for me and it was free! Welding is a skill I can take anywhere in the world and I know I have a bright future ahead”.  

Adam Cassidy, Welding student

Useful information

Why should I consider a specific skills training?

Specific skills training give participants the opportunity to develop cutting edge skills and knowledge making them more skilled, more employable and enhancing their career options and enables employers to access a pipeline of talent and students 



What does it cost for specific skills training?

Specific Skills Training courses are free and you may be paid a training allowance for the duration of your course. You can also claim an accommodation allowance if you need live away from home for the duration of the course or a travel allowance 



Where can I do a specific skills training?

Donegal ETB's FET Services offers specific skills training in a number of locations around the county including its Gaoth Dobhair and Letterkenny Training Centres 


When can I apply for a specific skills training?

You can apply for a specific skills training at various times throughout the year. 

You can apply online through fetcoursefinder (use the skills word such as welding or surf as your keyword) or through the CAO - (from November each year).

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