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Celebrations for Skill-Up Graduates at National Learning Network in Kilkenny

19 February 2010

A group of graduates from the Skill-Up programme at National Learning Network in Kilkenny have been presented with certificates marking their achievements at a ceremony which took place in Regent House, William Street Kilkenny on Friday, 19th February.

The certificates were awarded to six students from Kilkenny and the surrounding area that had all successfully completed the FÁS-funded Skill-Up initiative last December.

Offered for the first time by National Learning Network in Kilkenny, the 10-week programme is aimed at people in entry-level employment and offers them the opportunity to up-skill and receive training and recognised qualifications in areas that included manual handling, first aid, and English (for those whose first language is not English). Other modules taught on the course included customer care and sales techniques. Students who completed the Skill-Up programme had the option to undertake further training, with most choosing to avail of training in either web authoring or in computerised accounts.

Speaking at the event, Mary Nolan, Area Manager, National Learning Network in Kilkenny, said, “This is a day to celebrate the success of the students receiving these certificates, which are a testament to their commitment and hard work. All of the students are currently employed with businesses in the local area and the support of local employers was crucial to the success of the programme.

It’s great to see the students, and their employers, now reaping the benefits of their training. All of the staff here in National Learning Network congratulate them and wish them every success in the future.”

National Learning Network is the training and employment division of Rehab. The National Learning Network centre in Kilkenny currently caters for 24 from Kilkenny and surrounding areas with both vocational and rehabilitative training. The courses, which have continuous intake, are specifically designed to enable people with disabilities and others who are marginalised to learn the skills that they need to build lasting careers in jobs that reflect their interests and abilities.


For further information, contact:

Mary Nolan, National Learning Network, Kilkenny

056 -7797500



Dara Duffy, Rehab

Tel: 01 205 7268

Mobile: 087 799 5194