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Mayor Presents Clonmel National Learning Network Students with Certificates

14 December 2010

Tuesday, 14th December 2010: Cllr Siobhán Ambrose, Mayor of Clonmel, today presented a group of 50 people from National Learning Network in Clonmel with certificates marking their achievements over the past year in a ceremony in the Raheen House Hotel, Clonmel.

National Learning Network is the training and employment division of Rehab. The vocational and rehabilitative training courses it provides from its centre in Roseville, Clonmel, 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. 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.

Speaking at the event, Kitty Galvin-Hennessy, Area Manager for National Learning Network in Clonmel, said, “Today is a day of celebration, not only for those receiving certificates, but also for their families and friends. I’m delighted to welcome them here as well as the many local employers whose support is so vital to the success of the many work experience and job placements organised by the centre. The diversity of training and experience that local employers offer to learners is a key ingredient in the daily delivery of our programmes and we’d like to thank them for their ongoing support.”

Community integration is an important feature of programmes at National Learning Network in Clonmel and students are involved in a number of activities with the local community including participation in the Junction Festival, and in sporting activities such as football skills training with the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) and Clonmel Town Football Club, and swimming at Clonmel swimming pool. Students are also active in a variety of arts and cultural activities with South Tipperary County Museum and the Common Thread Café, and can also access the VEC/Back to Education Initiative.

Funded by FÁS, National Learning Network offers the Employer-Based Training, and Computer Application and Office Skills vocational training courses in Clonmel.

The Employer-Based Training programme is an innovative and flexible training programme that enables the participants to develop the necessary skills and knowledge to gain and retain employment in the business area of their choice. The course, which is a combination of on-the-job and in-centre training, relies heavily on the support and continued involvement of local employers.

The Computer Applications and Office Skills course provides participants with a range of information technology and office skills qualifications including ECDL (European Computer Driving Licence) and ECDL Advanced, and FETAC certifications.

The centre also offers the rehabilitative programme Options, 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.

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, HSE, the VEC, 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, Clonmel
Tel: 052 61 81555