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Minister Congratulates Castlebar Students on Academic Achievements

16 June 2014
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Michael Ring TD, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, presented students from National Learning Network on Breaffy road in Castlebar with certificates in recognition of their academic achievements. 
The presentation saw 57 students from National Learning Network receive FETAC Certificates and FETAC Major Awards following completion of a range of courses that support people either entering into or returning to employment. These included Computer Studies and Office Skills, Information Processing by Blended Learning, the Sporting Chance programme, as well as a range of courses which provide students with the necessary vocational and personal skills to progress into employment or onto further education. 
John O’Brien, who completed the Freshstart course in National Learning Network said, “I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do in my life before I attended the course at the National Learning Network. The staff who work in the centre on Breaffy Road in Castlebar have helped me to realise my goals and set me on an exciting path for the future”.  
Speaking at the presentation ceremony, Minister Ring, said “I’m delighted to be here today at the presentation of these awards. I would like to congratulate each and every one of the students on their achievements.  All of their hard work and effort has paid off.  It’s a credit to National Learning Network’s approach to training and employment that so many present here today will progress on to employment or further education and training. I would like to wish all of the students the very best of luck in the future.”
Marie Kelly, Director of Education, Training and Employment Services, Rehab Group congratulated the students and said, “It’s great to be here today to acknowledge all of the great achievements of our students in National Learning Network in Castlebar. They have all worked extremely hard in developing their skills during their time with us and today they are receiving nationally-recognised awards for their efforts. I would like to wish the students lots of success in their future endeavours.” 
Peter Dooley, Area Manager of National Learning Network in Castlebar, said “It is particularly satisfactory to see so many of our past students already employed in Mayo in jobs. We hope that this group today will also progress into or fulfil their ambitions for further training and study. All of the staff are very proud of these achievements and we wish each student well for the future.  I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Solas and the HSE as our funders, along with the local employers, education providers and community groups that we work with. By working together, we are able to support individuals to develop the skills and experience needed to build lasting careers or progress their learning.” 
National Learning Network offers a range of rehabilitative and vocational training courses for people with extra support needs. Funded by Solas and the HSE, all of the courses at National Learning Network provide the opportunity for individuals to gain the qualifications that are relevant to each individual and are delivered at a pace that suits their needs. The FETAC and ECDL courses are delivered by instructors who tailor their teaching methods to the individual needs of students depending on the challenges that they face, be it with a disability, illness or mental health difficulty. 

National Learning Network has continuous intake to its courses. If you are interested in a place or would like further information, please contact the centre in Castlebar on 094 9022770, or email