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Big Day of Celebration for Students of National Learning Network

30 June 2015
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It was a great day of celebration in the Mount Errigal Hotel in Letterkenny for over 150 students of National Learning Network in Letterkenny who were presented with their QQI certificates and medals of achievement by guest of honour, Minister Joe McHugh TD. 

“Before I started the course in National Learning Network, I didn’t know what I was going to do with my life. My future was very unclear. But since completing the IT and Business Studies QQI Level 5 award, I have gained vital skills and experiences. National Learning Network has given me hope and the confidence to pursue my goals”, said Mark McLafferty a student of National Learning Network in Letterkenny who attended the certification ceremony.  
National Learning Network in Rossview Business Park in Letterkenny delivers vocational, rehabilitative and ETB Contracted training to more than 150 people each year, supporting them to attain nationally-accredited qualifications and to progress to employment, further education or training. Courses in the centre in Letterkenny include HSE-funded programmes, ICE Access and ICE Advance which equip students with personal, social and work-related skills and the Prospects programme which equips students with Asperger’s Syndrome or high functioning autism with essential strategies and techniques to enable them to enhance their quality of life.  
Speaking at the presentation ceremony, Minister Joe McHugh said, “I’m delighted to be here today to celebrate the achievements of the students here in National Learning Network in Letterkenny. The students have gained valuable and necessary skills during their time in National Learning Network. With this experience, they can now go on to develop their chosen careers or progress into further education. A huge congratulations to everyone here today and I would like to wish them the best of luck for the future.” 
Eleanor Campbell, Centre Manager, National Learning Network in Letterkenny said, “All of the students here today have worked extremely hard to get to this point. It is a great day of celebration for them, their families and for the staff here in Letterkenny. We are all extremely proud of the students’ achievements. They have learned a lot in their time with us in National Learning Network and have made lifelong friends. We have students who are going on to work in local retail and office administration positions such as, Sweeney’s Spar Express, Letterkenny and Evolve Men’s Wear Letterkenny. Other students are furthering their education in Letterkenny Institute of Technology, North West Regional College and NUI Galway.”
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 074 9168288.