Adult Learning Scheme

The “Adult Learning Scheme” is co-funded by the Irish Government, the European Social Fund and the Youth Employment Initiative as part of the ESF Programme for Employability Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020.


Who is this service/programme aimed at?
The Adult Learning Scheme is a confidential basic adult education service for those whose skills range from very low level literacy skills to those who wish to improve their basic skills and also avail of the opportunity to work towards accreditation at NFQ levels 1, 2 or 3. (NFQ means National Framework of Qualifications).Our priority is to help adults with primary education or less and whose literacy and numeracy skills are below level 3 on the NFQ. Our programmes are primarily for adults who:

  • have no reading, writing and/or numeracy skills
  • wish to improve reading, writing, numeracy and oral skills
  • need help with grammar and spelling
  • need help with numeracy
  • need to improve their skills to help children with homework
  • wish to learn basic computer skills
  • wish to learn or improve their English
  • get a qualification at NFQ levels 1, 2 and 3

For detailed information about the Adult Learning Scheme as well as resources for students and tutors, visit the Tipperary ETB ALS website.


Brief description of this service/programme
The Adult Learning Scheme provides a confidential basic education service for improving reading, writing, numeracy and ICT skills. An informal assessment is carried out with the learner before tuition begins. 1 to 1 and small group tuition is available. Learners can receive up to 8 hours tuition per week and programmes are designed around the needs of the learners. Accreditation is available at NFQ levels 1, 2 and 3.The ALS provides classes in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). A language level assessment is carried out before the learner is assigned a class. Classes are organised subject to availability of funding.The ALS provides classes in partnership with Skills for Work for adults in employment whose literacy and/or numeracy skills are below level 3 on the NFQ.
Is a learner required to pay fees to participate?
How do I access this service?
Contact the Adult Learning Scheme directly at the details below
For Services which offer a variety of programmes, please give the list of programmes on offer and their accreditation levels
  • Learning for Living: Level 1
  • Learning for Life: Level 2
  • Learning for Everyday Living: Level 3
  • Using ICT for Everyday Life: Level 3
  • Maths: Level 2 and 3
  • Skills for Work: non-accredited and accredited up to level 3 (see Skills for Work website HERE)
    Family Learning: non-accredited
  • Driver Theory test preparation: non-accredited
  • Everyday English language: Level 2 and Level 3
Contact Adult Learning Service
North Tipperary South Tipperary
Address: Lifelong Learning Service,
Martyrs Rd,
Co. Tipperary.
Dillon Street,
Co. Tipperary.
Telephone: 00353 67 31845 00353 52 6127543
Fax: 00353 52 6126934
Other Locations: (including Outreach) Roscrea,
Tipperary Town,
Adult Literacy Organiser Ester Mackey Mary Roche Cleary
Administration: Louise McGrath