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Minister Congratulates Sligo Students on Academic Success

04 April 2014
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"My experience on this course has opened doors for me and helped me to decide on what I want to do in my future, now I have a goal and I am on my way to reaching it." These are the words of Dermot Reilly, a student of 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 John Perry TD, Minister of State for Small Business.
Students were presented with ECDL and FETAC certificates and awards following completion of a range of courses that support people entering into or returning to employment or progressing to further education. These include HSE funded  programmes ACCESS and Turas, and SOLAS funded supported vocational training courses, Transition, Job Start, Employer Based Training, IT and Office Skills, Horsemanship and IT by Blended Learning (Specific Skills Training). 
National Learning Network’s centre on Bridge Street offers training opportunities to more than 100 people from throughout the Sligo/ Leitrim region, who may have been finding it difficult to access further education, training and employment.  An innovative new Horsemanship Programme has recently been launched which is training people who require additional supports to work in the equine industry.
Speaking at the presentation ceremony, John Perry TD, Minister of State for Small Business said, “SOLAS has been involved with the National Learning Network’s delivery since 2000 and the two organisations have a strong collaboration in the training and progression of people in the Sligo/Leitrim area.  All participants have the opportunity to be certified to FETAC Level 3 or 4 upon course completion. This has equipped each student very well towards progression to further training or employment. 
“I would like to congratulate each and every one of the students for overcoming their own personal barriers to education, to be here today receiving their certificates. It’s a credit to NLN and their approach to training and employment that more than 90% of the people receiving certificates here today will progress to further education, training or employment in the region. I would like to wish each of the students the very best of luck in that next step.”   
Sharon Thornton, Area Manager of National Learning Network in Sligo, said “This is a great day for everyone who is receiving these mainstream nationally-recognised awards, which reward the hard work that all of our students have put into developing their skills during their time with us. It is great to see so many of our students fulfilling ambitions for further training and study and to see them living more independent and fulfilling lives within their own communities. All of the staff are very proud of their achievements and we wish each student well for the future.” 
National Learning Network works on a continuous intake basis. Spaces are currently available on the Employer Based Training and and Information Technology by Blended Learning courses. If you are interested in a place or would like further information, please contact the centre directly on 071 9145391 or go to