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National Learning Network: Building on Success

26 April 2013

“At the National learning Network, they emphasise what you achieve, not what you don’t. They view each person as the individual you are and push you to achieve your personal best, but in a good and caring way. Apart from the fact that I have achieved the awards, I feel I have achieved a lot more from National Learning Network. I have a quality of life now, more than I ever had before I got sick. I know that I still have tough times ahead, but at least I also feel that I can overcome these now.”  These are the words of Adrian Reidy, a student of National Learning Network, speaking at an event recognising the achievements of students from the centre in Horizon Business Park, Ballybrit. Over 30 students came together in the Menlo Park Hotel to be presented with their certificates from Her Worship, Mayor of Galway City, Councillor Terry O’Flaherty.

On Thursday 25th April, Students from National Learning Network were presented with FETAC component certificates and FETAC Major Awards following completion of a range of courses that support people entering into or returning to employment. These included certificates in Employability Skills (Level 3), Horticulture Skills (Level 4), Employment Skills (Level 4), Information Processing (Level 5), ECDL and ECDL Advanced, from a range of vocational courses on offer at the centre.  Students from all courses were present at the ceremony, including those from our Rehabilitative Training service.
Speaking at the presentation ceremony, guest of honour, Her Worship, Mayor of Galway City, Councillor Terry O’Flaherty, said “It’s wonderful to attend today’s presentation of awards. I would like to congratulate each and every one of the students on their achievements. All of your hard work and effort has paid off. It’s a credit to National Learning Network’s approach to training and employment that so many of you here today will progress on to employment or further education and training.”
David Hardie, Area Manager of National Learning Network in Galway, said “This is a great a day for everyone who is receiving these nationally-recognised awards. All our students put in a great deal of effort and hard work  in to developing their skills during their time with us. It is great to see so many of our students employed locally in Galway 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 these achievements and we wish each student well for the future. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank FÁS 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 a lasting career, or progress their learning, in areas that reflect their interest and abilities.”
National Learning Network offers a range of rehabilitative and vocational training courses for people with extra support needs. Funded by FÁS and the HSE, all courses at National Learning Network provide the opportunity for individuals 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, be it with a disability, illness or mental health difficulty. Quest Brain Injury Services, also part of National Learning Network and based in Galway, provides a community based rehabilitation programme for survivors of acquired brain injury between the ages of 18 and 65. Each year Quest assists around 75 people and their families in rebuilding their lives following an acquired brain injury.
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 Ballybrit on 091 756650, or email






































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































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