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Minister Congratulates Students on Achievements

03 May 2013

Friday 3 May 2013: “As an early school leaver I never thought I would get a second chance at further education but thanks to National Learning Network I am well on my way to achieving my FETAC Level 5 Major Award in Sport and Recreation. I am extremely confident of gaining employment with these qualifications” These are the words of Joe Browne, a student of National Learning Network in Tralee, speaking at a certification event held today in the Carlton Hotel. Over 180 students were presented with certificates by Mr Jimmy Deenihan TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

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 has two centres in Tralee – 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 at the presentation ceremony, Mr Jimmy Deenihan TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht said, “I am delighted to be here at today’s presentation of awards. I would like to congratulate each and every one of the students on their achievements. It’s a credit to National Learning Network’s 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.”

Pat O’Neill, Area Manager of National Learning Network in Tralee, said “This is a great a day for everyone who is receiving these 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 employed locally in Kerry in jobs that we hope they will enjoy and progress in, and others fulfilling ambitions for further training and study. 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. 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 7122533.


For more information contact:

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

Tel: 087 4198082, Email:


National Learning Network

National Learning Network is Ireland's largest non-Government training organisation with more than 50 purpose-built training and employment centres nationwide catering for over 5,000 students each year.