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Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh Praises Kerry Students on Academic Success

12 June 2015

"I left school when I was 13. I worked at different types of jobs for years. When I started with National Learning Network I knew that I wanted to do something with my life, I just didn't know what. From the first day that I went into the centre, the instructors supported me and gave me the ability to see what I could do. They believed in me. I got more than a qualification in National Learning Network. I got confidence and belief in myself. I’m perusing my dream and I’ve got a job now that I love. I'm proud to say I'm a photographer." These are the words of Breda Canty, a former student of National Learning Network in Tralee, speaking at a certification event held today in Fells Point Hotel attended by family and friends of the students as well as representatives from the HSE, SOLAS, Kerry ETB, and local TD’s Michael Healy Rae and Tom Fleming. Over 190 students were presented with certificates by Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh.

 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 Applied Information Technology, Catering Skills & Culinary Skills, Retail Sales, Sporting Chance, Woodwork Multi Skills, IT/Business Studies, Introductory Skills Training, Employer Based Training, as well as rehabilitative programmes Focus and Directions.

National Learning Network Tralee is the second largest of the 50 National Learning Network centres in the country. There are two centres in the town – in Clash Industrial Estate and a satellite service in the Education Centre in Dromtacker – as well as a retail training outlet in Kerry General Hospital. The centre currently offers training opportunities to more than 160 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 90% of students who complete their training course go on to employment or further training or education

Speaking to students at the presentation ceremony, Guest of Honour, Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh, said, “I’m delighted to be here to present you all with your certificates as I have a great interest in education. As the Irish Saying goes ‘Ní neart go cur le chéile’ - there is no strength without unity. You aren’t on your own. The instructors in National Learning Network have helped you get to where you are today. They have given you confidence in yourselves. That confidence will give you hope and there is no asset as high as hope. If you have a disability you still have abilities. Today isn’t the end for you. It’s the start.”

 Pat O’Neill, Area Manager of National Learning Network in Tralee, 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.

 National Learning Network works on a continuous intake basis. If you are interested in a place or would like a copy of the prospectus or further information, please contact the centre directly on 066 7122533066 7122533.

 

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 For more information contact

Pat O’Neill, Area Manager, National Learning Network, Tralee.

Tel: 087 4198082087 4198082 Email:  pat.oneill@nln.ie

 

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