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An Taoiseach Congratulates Castlebar National Learning Network Students

22 June 2015
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It was a great day of celebration in National Learning Network in Castlebar. Over 60 students of National Learning Network were presented with their FETAC (now QQI) certificates by guest of honour, An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD in the centre on the Breaffy Road. 

“National Learning Network gave me more than just a qualification. It gave me the ability to believe in myself. It gave me the confidence to pursue my dreams and goals.  With help of NLN staff I secured employment where I can use the skills and knowledge which I have gained.   My experience in National Learning Network has been invaluable and I will be forever grateful for the positive options that it has given me.” These are the words of Ryan O’ Flaherty , a past student of National Learning Network in Castlebar, who received his FETAC  certificate in Employability Skills. 
National Learning Network provides training opportunities to 94 people from Mayo who may have been finding it difficult to access further education, training and employment. Students at National Learning Network include those with physical and sensory, mental health and intellectual disabilities, and others with additional support needs. The training is funded by the Mayo Sligo and Leitrim Education and Training Board and the HSE. All National Learning Network courses are nationally accredited and designed to meet the specific needs of the individual student. For this reason, all programmes offer continuous intake. The emphasis is always on ensuring a positive outcome for the individual through accessing further education, training or employment. 
Speaking at the presentation ceremony, An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD said, “I am very proud of this National Learning Network centre in Castlebar, and very impressed by the challenges accepted and the achievements of the students here today. I congratulate each and every one of you who have received their qualifications – the same qualifications they would get in any college in Ireland. I say to employers:  here is a cohort of skilled and qualified people, who will be loyal and good employees. It’s a privilege to be here in my own town to present these certificates to such wonderful people. I am delighted to hear of many of your successes in getting jobs and qualifications and I wish you all the best in the future. Congratulations to all the staff in National Learning Network and Rehab in supporting everyone with their achievements.” 
Peter Dooley, Area Manager, National Learning Network in Mayo said, “In Castlebar, we have had very positive outcomes for our students with over 80% progressing on to further education and employment over the past five years.  Some have gone into jobs with local employers and others have travelled further afield.  Some have gone on to third level education.  Today, is a day of celebration for the students who have been working extremely hard over the past year to achieve their goals. They have been preparing and learning vital skills for the future. On behalf of National Learning Network and all of the staff here in Castlebar, it has been a pleasure working with the students and we wish all of them the very best of luck and success in whatever career path they take.”
National Learning Network works on a continuous intake basis and if you are interested in accessing support towards further education, training and employment, please contact the centre directly at 094 9022770.