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Celebrations as Students from National Learning Network in Carlow Graduate

06 September 2010

Monday, 6th September 2010: The Minister of State for Equality, Human Rights and Integration, Ms. Mary White TD has today presented students from National Learning Network in Carlow with certificates marking their achievements over the past year at a ceremony in the Lord Bagenal Hotel, Carlow.

More than 20 people received certificates accredited by the Further Education and Training Awards Council (FETAC). In the last year, more than 70 per cent of students from National Learning Network in Carlow have progressed to employment and to further training.

Speaking at the event, Minister White said, “I am absolutely delighted to be here on this special occasion. Education is key to job security, self-esteem and well-being. I want to congratulate all who are graduating here today. This is a sign of your determination to succeed, and with the support of family and friends, create  a better life for yourself. I support National Learning Network in its work and dedication.”

Lisa Haugh, Area Manager for National Learning Network Carlow, said, “This is a great day for everyone who is receiving these nationally-recognised awards which reward the hard work that all of our learners have put into developing their skills during their time with us. These skills will be crucial to their future success, as will the personal development and life skills they have gained throughout their studies. All of the staff here in Carlow are very proud of their achievements and we wish them well for the future.”

National Learning Network is the training and education division of Rehab, an organisation that has had a presence in Graiguecullen in Carlow since 1949. The centre currently offers both vocational training and rehabilitative training courses to people with a broad range of disabilities including physical, sensory, learning disabilities and mental health difficulties. National Learning Network courses are specifically designed to enable participants to learn the skills that they need to build lasting careers in jobs that reflect their interests and abilities.

The centre provides a FÁS-funded vocational course:  The Employer-Based Training programme enables participants to develop the necessary skills and knowledge to gain and retain employment while partaking in on-the-job training in the business area of their choice.  Employer-based training works on the principle that the learner chooses the training option and National Learning Network facilitates the learner’s choice by providing ongoing support and guidance, off-the-job training modules leading to FETAC accreditation while providing continuous support to the employer throughout the programme to ensure the best outcome for each trainee on the programme.

The centre also provides a HSE-funded rehabilitative training course:  The Skills for Life rehabilitative training course focuses on personal and career development. The programme has four main elements designed to look at all aspects of a person’s life namely interpersonal skills, life skills, health and leisure skills and work skills. It also facilitates participants in sampling a wide range of vocational options and in developing the skills, knowledge, confidence and resources to access employment, higher training and other options in the wider community. 

In attendance at the ceremony were students of National Learning Network, both past and present, and their families and friends. Guests from National Learning Network, FÁS, the HSE and representatives from voluntary organisations in the local community were also in attendance. Following the presentation of certificates, refreshments were served and guests had the opportunity to mingle with students and staff from the centre.



For further information, contact:
Lisa Haugh, Area Manager, National Learning Network, Killeshin Road, Carlow
Tel: 087 689 7744

Dara Duffy, Communications & Public Affairs Team, Rehab
Tel: 01 205 7268 / 087 799 5194