Specialist Training Providers (STP)

Vocational training and employment of people with disabilities, for the open labour market is the responsibility of the DES. Administration of this responsibility has been assigned to KWETB.

KWETB supports STPs in the provision of learner-focused training and related services, to assist individuals to enter or re-enter the labour market. STPs address the identified training needs of people with disabilities who are experiencing exclusion and labour market disadvantage in the form of vocational training programmes.  These programmes are offered at QQI Level 3 to Level 5.

KWETB contract with 2 Specialist Training Providers in 5 centres to deliver training courses to people with disabilities who require more intensive support than would be available in non-specialist training provision:

Festina Lente

The aim of the programme is to provide learners with the skill knowledge and competence to work under supervision in a variety of equine sectors. Learners will be enabled to develop the knowledge and skills and competence necessary for the care, handling and riding of horses in a variety of contexts including safe working practices when working with animals.

Festina Lente Contact Details
Festina Lente Equestrian Centre & Walled Gardens
Old Connaught Avenue, Bray, Co. Wicklow, A98 F702


t: 01 272 0704  or  01 272 0706


National Learning Network

National Learning Network, Arklow
Briggs Lane, Ferrybank, Arklow, Co. Wicklow

t. 0404 31 370

National Learning Network Website, Arklow Page


National Learning Network, Bray
Beechwood Close, Boghall Road, Bray, Wicklow

t. 01 282 9643

National Learning Network Website, Bray Page


National Learning Network, Naas
Naas Town Centre, Naas, Co. Kildare

t. 045 988 400

National Learning Network Website, Naas Page


National Learning Network, Maynooth
J4 Maynooth Business Campus, Maynooth, Co. Kildare

t. 01 651 0329

National Learning Network Website, Maynooth Page


KWETB is committed to the provision of training programmes that are delivered to the highest standards and are relevant to the identified needs of learners.

Specialist Training Providers remove or overcome barriers which, in other training environments learners with disabilities encounter disproportionately. These are addressed and met through:

  • needs relating to access
  • needs relating to training content and duration
  • non-occupational training-related needs