The EDI Centre's successful full time Catering Course held in Longford Town

As a result of our previous Catering courses, 94% of participants are now in full-time employment or further education and training.

The aim of this Catering and Lifeskills Course is to equip learners with the knowledge, skills and competence to contribute and assist in preparing and serving food in a catering operation. So if you are interested in working in the Catering & Hospitality Sector this is a good course for you.

Here you can watch a short video introducing this course:

This Catering and Lifeskills Course is a Longford/Westmeath Education and Training Board (LWETB) Local Training Initiative (LTI).

Local Training Initiatives are community based training courses, primarily for unemployed individuals aged 35 and under, with no formal qualifications or incomplete secondary level qualification. The overall aim of LTI programmes is to assist unemployed people to move towards employment by providing community-based training and work experience leading to nationally recognised qualifications.

LTIs encourage learners to develop their existing skills and learn new skills in an environment that is tailored to meet their individual needs. This approach allows learners to develop valuable employment-related skills and knowledge.

The EDI Centre’s Catering and Lifeskills Course is a full-time 50 week QQI Level 4 accredited course for people who are unemployed or in receipt of a disability allowance. The following allowances are available to eligible candidates: Childcare / Travel / Accommodation.

Entry Requirements

Education: No formal education or qualifications are required although applicants may have participated in primary and secondary education. Applicants will be expected to demonstrate a standard of knowledge, skill and competence equivalent to NFQ Level 3 when accessing a Level 4 programme.

Aptitude: Applicants must have a motivation to learn, an interest in the subject and the ability to acquire the knowledge, skills and competencies set out in the course.

Previous Experience: Applicants must be able to demonstrate a moderate range of knowledge, skills and competencies relevant to the course and be able to work under direction with some ability to work on their own initiative.

To register your interest or to make further enquiries you can contact the course coordinators directly: Elizabeth or Mandy on 087-6543198 – email or contact Athlone Training Centre on 0906 424200 – email

Course content includes:

Short Order Cooking, Communications, Work Experience, Kitchen Skills, Customer Service, Meal Service, Handling Food Hygienically, Personal Effectiveness, Information Technology Skills

My background is firmly in catering, having trained in professional cookery when I finished school and subsequently been conferred with a degree in Culinary Arts. I have worked at home and abroad and have held Head Chef positions throughout my career. Keeping abreast of developments, trends and the requirements of the catering industry is important to me. Delivering a Catering and Lifeskills Programme at the EDI Centre which prepares trainees for the many available opportunities within that sector is now my primary focus.

Elizabeth McLoughlin, Catering Course Coordinator

My career began in hotel management and since joining the EDI Centre in 2015 I hold the position of Assistant Coordinator on the Catering Programme. Along with several years in the hotel industry, in the past I worked in the car rental and courier businesses both in the U.K. and the Middle East which provided me with the skills to deal with all aspects of Customer Service. Having qualified in Adult Education I now thoroughly enjoy helping others who wish to pursue a career in hospitality.

Amanda Etherton, Catering Course Assistant Coordinator

Testimonials from past learners

EDI courses helped me to gain adequate qualification in catering which is a corner stone for my career and helped me to stand up as independent person. The centre is an adequate and friendly environment where each person is treated with dignity and respect no matter what your background is

Past Learner, Catering Course

Since completing Catering & Life skills course in EDI Centre, I have progressed to AIT and in year 2 of Degree in hospitality management. Catering & life skills course was beneficial as it helped to improve my confidence & prepare me for college. Since then I have travelled to France and Malaysia with college and also secured employment in 4-star hotels in Westport, and Cyprus

Past Learner, Catering Course

Unable to complete 3rd level course, I attended the first catering and life skill programme in EDI Centre, I found my niche, on completion I completed further training. I travelled abroad and worked in a 4* hotel for 5 years and I also had the opportunity to go on-board a cruise ship for 6 months, since returning to Ireland I am now in management position in 4* hotel.

Past Learner, Catering Course