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Enda Kenny TD Joins Students From National Learning Network Castlebar as they Celebrate Graduation

28 June 2010

 

Fine Gael Party Leader, Enda Kenny TD, today (Monday, 28 July) presented 40 students from National Learning Network in Castlebar with certificates marking their achievements over the past year in a ceremony in the National Museum of Ireland – Country Life, Turlough House.
 
National Learning Network is the training and education division of Rehab. In Castlebar, National Learning Network currently caters for 100 people from the surrounding areas and throughout the county with both vocational and rehabilitative training. The courses 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.
 
Welcoming Deputy Kenny, Peter Dooley, Area Manager, National Learning Network, Castlebar, said, “Today marks an important milestone for these students. Through their hard work and dedication, they have achieved awards which are nationally-recognised and provide a valuable stepping stone to further training, education or employment. It’s wonderful to see today’s graduates reaping the benefits of their learning. All of the staff at National Learning Network in Castlebar congratulate them and wish them every success in the future.”
 
Speaking at the event, Angela Kerins, Chief Executive, Rehab, said, “We are extremely proud of National Learning Network because of the enormously positive impact it has on the lives of the people who come here every day, people who may be out of work due to accident, illness or injury or may have a disability or mental health difficulty.”
 
“The specialist training students receive at National Learning Network in Castlebar, and at centres throughout the country, supports them to shine in their chosen field and very much fulfil their potential. This is reflected in the fact that over 90 per cent of the students from National Learning Network have progressed to employment and to further training. This is a hugely significant statistic, and is a testament to the quality of the training provided.”  
 
Funded by FÁS, National Learning Network offers Fresh Start, Job Start, Employer-Based Training, Information Processing by Distance Learning and Computer Studies and Office Skills vocational training courses in Castlebar.
 
Fresh Startoffers students an opportunity to make a new beginning in life and to re-enter employment. The programme works with participants to build up their confidence and self-esteem, and it equips them with the skills to cope with their current circumstances and to progress back to work. The aim of the Job Start programme is to provide initial training for participants identified as being in need of personal, social and vocational training. The Employer Based Training programme enables the 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.
 
The IT by Distance Learning programme is aimed at those who want to study at home and gain IT and enterprise skills to prepare them for jobs in their local communities, in home-based enterprises, in teleworking or to enable them to progress onto further education. Meanwhile, the centre-based Computer Studies and Office Skills course enables learners to acquire core skills in computer applications and business development for employment in the computer or business related employment sectors.
 
The centre also offers the Access rehabilitative programme, funded by the Health Service Executive (HSE). This course 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. Learners on the Access programme take part in a wide variety of activities and projects in the community such as the FAI soccer skills programme, Special Olympics and Castlebar International Walking Festival, to mention a few.
 
Speakers on the day included former student, Stuart O’Donnell, who told of his experiences at National Learning Network. Guests at the ceremony included students of National Learning Network, both past and present, and their families and friends. Representatives from National Learning Network, FÁS and FETAC were also present, as were local employers and representatives the local community. Following the presentation of certificates, refreshments were served and guests had the opportunity to mingle with students and staff from the centre.
 
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For further information, contact:
Peter Dooley, National Learning Network, Castlebar
Tel: 094 902 2770/ 094 902 6813
Email: castlebar@nln.ie
 
Dara Duffy, Rehab
Tel: 01 205 7268
Mobile: 087 799 5194
Email: dara.duffy@rehab.ie