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Mayor Congratulates Sligo Students on Academic Success

22 June 2015
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 "A few years ago I was having a difficult time and I was failing my degree course in college. I couldn't carry on with the academic demands and pressures and I didn't know what direction to take going forward. I didn't know what I was looking for until I found National Learning Network. I started the Transition programme. There wasn’t just the assessments and modules to work on. The individual Action Plans and personal development work was all planned around me, my needs, my goals and my future. Being in NLN has given me the time, support and opportunities to put a plan together for my future and I can now say I'm leaving here to progress to 3rd level education again, better prepared and organised to take on the challenges ahead." These are the words of Catriona Bonner, a student on the Transition programme in National Learning Network in Sligo, speaking at a certification event held today in the Sligo Park Hotel. Over 100 students were presented with certificates by Mayor Tom McSharry.

 Students were presented with certificates in a range of courses that support people in entering into or returning to employment. These include vocational courses such as Transition, Job Start, Horsemanship, Employer Based Training, IT & Office Skills, IT & Business Studies as well as rehabilitative programmes Access and Turas. 

The National Learning Network centre on Bridge Street in Sligo Town currently offers training opportunities to more than 100 people from throughout the county, who may have been finding it difficult to access further education, training and employment. National Learning Network is very successful in supporting people to take the next steps in their lives. More than 80% of students who complete their training course go on to employment or further training or education.

Speaking to students at the presentation ceremony, Mayor McSharry, “It’s a great honour for me to be here today to honour for the presentation of awards to the dedicated students. I’m privileged that that one of my final duties in my term as mayor is to formally acknowledge the special group of people that are here today. The National Learning Network plays a very important role here in Sligo in getting people back into work and further training.  Each student here today has their own unique skills and qualities, their own particular experiences – all of these are a gift to any workplace. And I would encourage local businesses & prospective employers here in Sligo to study the work of the National Learning Network and encourage them to become involved in the excellent work that they do.” 

Sharon Thornton, Area Manager of National Learning Network in Sligo, said “This is a great a day of celebration for everyone who is receiving these nationally recognised qualifications. The students are being rewarded for the hard work that they have put in during their time with us. The skills they have developed will support them in whatever path they choose, be it moving into employment or going onto further education. We hope that all of our students will enjoy the next steps that they are about to take and we wish them the very best for the future.” 


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Róisín Fitzgerald, National Learning Network: Tel 086 8101291;