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Mayor Celebrates Student Success in National Learning Network in Castlerea

31 July 2015
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Councillor Paddy Kilduff, Mayor of Roscommon presented certificates to over 80 students in National Learning Network in Castlerea recently in a graduation ceremony in The Hub in Castlerea. It was a great day of celebration for all of the students and their families and friends. 

Students were presented with certificates in a range of programmes at the ceremony, including, Skills for Life (Rehabilitative Training), Employability Skills, Employer Based Training, IT by Blended Learning and Horticulture LTI (Local Training Initiative). 
National Learning Network in Castlerea provides high-quality training and employment services to over 50 people who may have limited access to further education and employment opportunities. Students who come to the centre can take time out to overcome the personal difficulties that they have experienced in their life with the support of National Learning Network’s staff. Currently, the centre offers training opportunities to people from County Roscommon and surrounding counties with the emphasis on addressing the individual needs of each learner.
Speaking at the certification ceremony, Councillor Paddy Kilduff, Mayor of Roscommon said, “I’m delighted to be here today to celebrate with the students and their families. National Learning Network plays an important role in Roscommon, helping people to get back into work or into further education. It’s great to see people developing new skills and using them to get jobs or to gain access to other courses. I’d like to wish all of the students the very best of luck in what comes next and to congratulate them on their successes so far.”  
Helena Finneran, Centre Manager in National Learning Network in Castlerea said, “Today marks an exciting day for the students. They have finished their courses in National Learning Network here in Castlerea and they are using the skills that they have developed with us, to go into employment and other areas of education. We have two students who have recently progressed into full time employment locally. We have also one student going the self-employment route and starting their own business and another moving into third level education. All of the staff members here are extremely proud of the students and we would like to wish them the very best of luck in the future.” 
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 094-9620374.