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National Learning Network Changed My Life Forever

17 April 2015
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 “After my illness I didn’t know what to do, where to go, or who to talk to, National Learning Network changed my life forever”. These were the words of Kathleen Kenna, a student at National Learning Network Bray who was a speaker at their Certification Ceremony which was held in the Royal Hotel.

Over 70 present and past students received QQI certificates in a range of subjects from Business Administration to Employability Skills. They were joined by family and friends for the evening.

The Guest of Honour on the night was Minister of State Simon Harris TD. Speaking to the students Minister Harris said "Bray is so proud of each and everyone of you and your achievements. You have all worked extremely hard to achieve your qualification and we all wish you the very best for the future. NLN provides great supports to help people to achieve their potential and it is an extremely important asset for Bray and County Wicklow." 

"It is great that people are  getting back to work in Ireland after some difficult years. We need to make sure no one gets left behind. Full employment in 2018 should mean everyone in this country who wants a job has one, whether that's a person with a disability or without or someone who faces challenges has a job. Government needs to work in partnership with organisations like NLN to make this happen."

Certificates were presented by Mo Flynn, CEO of the Rehab Group.  Also in attendance were the Cathaoirleach of Bray Municipal District Cllr. John Brady, the President of Bray Chamber Mr. Rory Benville, representatives of the ETBs and the HSE, as well as many local organisations working in the health and education sectors.

National Learning Network has been operating in Bray for over 15 years and is based in Beechwood Close, Boghall Road.  They provide specialist training and education programmes for people who, because of an accident, illness, a mental health setback or a disability, need extra support to move on to work or further education. They can be contacted on 01 282 9643.