Albert Einstein once said "It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education". Many people look on education and learning with distaste, recollecting their past experiences of homework filled evenings and exam pressures. Luckily though once the teenage years are over and progression begins into further education learning becomes much more bearablet, studying now relates more to subjects and topics of interest. A career path will have been more or less chosen and education becomes a means of furthering life aspirations.

Education can be used on a part time basis to further progress a chosen career or to change direction into a new area or specialty. If unhappy in a current position, evening courses can be a great way of maintaining your financial situation while taking opportunity to gain new skills which will help in taking a new direction. Part time learning can also be a great way of pursuing a hobby or leisure activity. There are many Arts and Crafts courses, a course in miracles now  courses, fitness courses and other leisure/hobby courses which can help improve skills in these areas whilst meeting other people with similar interests and having an enjoyable social evening.

In Ireland there are many institutes that offer evening courses and night courses, these are listed in more details below.

FAS Training Centres

These courses are designed to meet the specific skills needs of those who require training and certification to assist them to re-enter the labour market.

Centres are located around the country in the following areas.

* Dublin

* Midlands (Kildare, Laois, Longford, Offaly, Westmeath)

* Mid West (Clare, Limerick, Tipperary North)

* North East (Cavan, Louth, Meath, Monaghan)

* North West (Donegal, Leitrim, Sligo)

* South East (Carlow, Kilkenny, Tipperary South, Waterford, Wexford, Wicklow)

* South West (Cork, Kerry)

* West (Galway, Mayo, Roscommon)

VEC Colleges

Ireland's VECs organise adult, community and second-chance education and a variety of EU-funded training programmes. These courses are offered at a in VEC centres and also in local schools and PLC colleges.

Private Colleges