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A Brighter Future with National Learning Network in Castlebar

17 June 2013
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“Before I attended the course at the National Learning Network, I was unsure of where I was going in my life and lacked the skills, confidence and ability on what to do next in my life. Thanks to the help of the wonderful instructors at the National Learning Network, who were kind patient and knowledgeable, they gave me all the tools needed to make a success of myself in the workplace and in all my future endeavours.” 

These are the words of John Gilvarry, a student of National Learning Network’s Jobstart programme, speaking at an event today (Monday, 17th June) recognising the achievements of students from the centre on Breaffy Road, Castlebar. Over 50 students came together in Lough Lanagh to be presented with their certificates by Michael Feeney MBE, Mayo Person of the Year 2013.

Students from National Learning Network were presented with FETAC component certificates and FETAC Major Awards following completion of a range of courses that support people entering into or returning to employment. These included Computer Studies and Office Skills, Information Processing by Blended Learning, Sporting Chance, as well as a range of courses which provide students with the necessary vocational and personal skills to go into employment or onto further education.

Speaking at the presentation ceremony, Mr Feeney, said “It’s wonderful to attend today’s presentation of awards. I would like to congratulate each and every one of the students on their achievements. All of your hard work and effort has paid off. It’s a credit to National Learning Network’s approach to training and employment that so many of you here today will progress on to employment or further education and training.”

Peter Dooley, Area Manager of National Learning Network in Castlebar, said “This is a great a day for everyone who is receiving these nationally-recognised awards. All our students put in a great deal of effort and hard work in to developing their skills during their time with us. It is great to see so many of our students employed locally in Mayo in jobs that we hope they will enjoy and progress in, and others fulfilling ambitions for further training and study. All of the staff are very proud of these achievements and we wish each student well for the future. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank FÁS and the HSE as our funders, along with the local employers, education providers and community groups that we work with. By working together, we are able to support individuals to develop the skills and experience needed to build lasting careers or progress their learning.”

National Learning Network offers a range of community based rehabilitative programmes funded by the HSE and supported vocational training courses funded by FÁS. National Learning Network‘s unique inclusive model of service can work for anyone who needs support to access education, training or work. All courses at National Learning Network provide the opportunity for individuals to gain the qualifications that they want in a way and at a pace that suits their needs. The FETAC and ECDL courses are delivered by instructors who tailor their teaching methods to the individual needs of students depending on the challenges that they face, be it with a disability, illness or mental health difficulty.

National Learning Network has continuous intake to its courses. If you are interested in a place or would like further information, please contact the centre in Castlebar on 094 9022770, or email



For more information contact

Peter Dooley, Area Manager, National Learning Network, Mayo, Tel: 094 9022770 or email











































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































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