Adult Literacy & Basic Education Service

This free and confidential service is available at our eight centres and is open to anyone over 16, who is no longer in full time education.

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How we work

One to One Tuition

Where a voluntary tutor offers help with reading, writing, spelling, number skills, form filling, letter writing etc. The student and tutor usually meet once a week. Confidence building and personal development are also built into the process. The tutors come from a wide range of backgrounds and receive full training to enable them to meet the needs of their students.


Small Group Tuition

There are a range of courses. The basic courses cover reading, writing, spelling and number skills. They all start at the beginning and go at the students pace.

Range of Courses

We also offer courses on other topics including personal development; learning the basics about computers and the world of IT and family learning, where parents improve their own skills so that they are better able to help their children to get off to a good start at home and in school.


Some courses are available in Irish at our centre in An Daingean depending on demand.


At the next level there are those courses which can lead to a QQI (Quality and Qualification Ireland) qualification. We offer a wide range of subjects and best of all there are no exams! Students build a folder of work over a period of time and this is presented for assessment. Modules available are listed below.

  • Caring for Children
  • Child Development & Play
  • Communications
  • Computer Literacy
  • Consumer Awareness
  • Drama
  • Food & Nutrition
  • Horticulture
  • Mathematics
  • Office Procedures
  • Internet & E-mail
  • Home Study Skills
  • Learning Skills
  • Computers through Irish - available at the Centre in An Daingean
  • Maths through Irish - available at the Centre in An Daingean


Become a Volunteer

We are always seeking volunteers to deliver 1:1 tuition to literacy learners. Volunteers usually work once a week for 2 hours. Volunteers should have an understanding nature. Volunteer tutors are expected to make a commitment to the service of at least 12 months following training and to respect the confidential nature of the work. All volunteers are required to complete an application form that is available from your local Adult Literacy Organiser. Applicants will be shortlisted for interview. Successful interviewees will be invited to attend an initial tutor training course.

Further details are on the Job Opportunities page.

Click here to visit Kerry Adult Basic Education (ABE) website, this is an online resource for ABE tutors and a place to share resources online.

Literacy Awareness Training

The Adult Literacy & Basic Education Service offers Literacy Awareness Training to companies and other organisations. This training raises the awareness of possible literacy difficulities when dealing with the general public and offers advice on how to deal with this problem.

Family Learning Programme

This programme consists of a range of courses that offer parents the opportunity to enhance their own skills and foster a love of learning in their children.

Intensive Tuition in Adult Basic Education

There are 14 week courses where participants receive intensive tuition for six hours per week. The aim is to give them a springboard from which to make further progress.


English Language courses are offered to unemployed clients referred by the Department of Social Protection or the Local Employment Service as being not work ready and in need of basic functional English.

Programmes Provided in Partnership with Other Organisations

Skills for Work Programme

It is aimed at "upskilling" the workforce of participating companies. The employees are released to attend classes during their working hours.

Return to Learning Programme

This programme is run in conjunction with Kerry County Council and, again, provides classes during working hours with a view to "upskilling" members of their workforce.

Contact us

Adult Literacy- ESOL- ITABE- Skills for Work locations in Kerry





O’Connell Centre, Cahersiveen Deirdre O’Shea Fitzgerald - ALO 066 9473166 or 086 0460506 Send Email
Rice House, Goat Street, Dingle, Co Kerry Bill McConnell - ALO 066 9152361 or 086 8159881 Send Email
Kenmare Adult Ed Centre
Bell Heights, Kenmare
Maggie O’Sullivan - ALO 064 6642728 or 086 8279248 Send Email
AE Centre, 37 High St, Killarney Mary Concannon - ALO 064 6636990 or 086 7969625 Send Email
The Lodge, Market Street Killorglin Deirdre O’Shea Fitzgerald - ALO 066 9790765 or 086 0460506  Send Email
Listowel Adult and Basic Education. 58 Church Street, Listowel, Co Kerry Mary Barrett-Swaine - ALO 068 23866 or 086 7969627 Send Email
Tralee Adult Literacy
& Basic Education,
Kerry ETB Training Centre, Monavalley, Tralee, Co Kerry
Maeve Tuohy - ALO 066 7149600 or 086 7969624 Send Email
Castleisland Community Centre Mary Barrett-Swaine - ALO 086 7969627 Send Email

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