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Mayor Presents Certificates to Students from National Learning Network in Waterford

10 November 2010

Wednesday, 10th November 2010: Cllr Mary Roche, Mayor of Waterford City, today presented a group of people from National Learning Network in Waterford City with certificates marking their achievements over the past year in a ceremony in the centre in the IDA Industrial Estate on Cork Road.

A total of 60 people received certificates accredited by FETAC and ECDL from the Mayor. In the last five years, over 80 per cent of the students from the National Learning Network centre have progressed to employment and to further training.

Kitty Galvin Hennessy, Area Manager for National Learning Network, 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. In addition, the personal development and life skills they have gained throughout their studies with National Learning Network will be hugely important to their future success. All of the staff here at the centre in Waterford congratulate the graduates on their achievements and wish them every success in the future.”

National Learning Network is the training and education division of Rehab. In Waterford, National Learning Network currently caters for 70 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.

Funded by FÁS, National Learning Network offers the Catering and Hospitality, Employer-Based Training, IT by Distance Learning and Computer Application and Office Skills vocational training courses in Waterford.

Catering and Hospitality provides students with a range of skills necessary to obtain employment in catering and accommodation services and retail industries. 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 and in teleworking or to progress to further education. Computer Applications and Office Skills provide participants with a range of information technology and office skills qualifications.

The centre also offers the rehabilitative programmes Options and Cara, both of which are funded by the Health Service Executive (HSE). Options facilitates participants in sampling a wide range of vocational options and to develop the skills, knowledge, confidence and resources to access employment, higher training and other opportunities in the wider community. The Cara programme is designed to provide training and supports to address social behaviours that may inhibit a full integration into society.

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, FETAC 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:

Kitty Galvin Hennessy, National Learning Network, Waterford

Tel: 051 359 220