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Minister Congratulates Students on Academic Achievements

23 March 2015
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 “National Learning Network has given me the skills and confidence to get back into work and it has also given me the confidence to change my life for the better and allow me to get on with my life”. These are the words of Stephen McMeel past student of National Learning Network, Monaghan speaking at an event recognising students’ achievements in the Four Seasons Hotel. Over 40 students were presented with their FETAC certificates by Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD. 

Students were presented with certificates in a range of courses that support people to enter into or return to employment. These include the Employer Based Training, Fresh Start, Access and Turas programmes.  National Learning Network offers a range of rehabilitative and vocational training courses funded by SOLAS and the HSE, which allow people who need extra supports the opportunity to gain the qualifications that they want in a way and 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, such as whether they have suffered a setback in life, an illness, an accident or have a disability or a mental health difficulty.
 
Speaking at the presentation ceremony, Minister Heather Humphreys said, “Today marks a fantastic achievement for the students and I am delighted to be here to congratulate them all as they receive their awards. By gaining qualifications through the National Learning Network, the students are opening up a variety of future opportunities for themselves. Many of the students have overcome personal difficulties and they deserve to be applauded for their hard work and perseverance. I would also like to commend the staff at the  National Learning Network, who have a strong record of supporting students to help them progress in their lives and enable them to either return to work or take their first steps towards employment”.
 
Miriam McQuaid, Area Manager of National Learning Network in Monaghan, said “This is a great a day for everyone who is receiving these nationally recognised qualifications, which reward the hard work that all of our students have put into developing their skills during their time with us. We hope that all of our students will enjoy and progress in their chosen paths of work, or they fulfil their ambitions in further training and study. All of the staff here are very proud of their achievements and we wish each student well for the future.”
 
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