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National Learning Network Waterford Students Celebrate Certification Awards

12 June 2015
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 “National Learning Network has changed my life, given me the confidence to develop new skills and is preparing me for working life.”  These are the words of David Harding a student of National Learning Network, Waterford speaking at an event recognising students’ achievements. Over 90 students were presented with their QQI (formally FETAC) certificates by Deputy Mayor Cllr. Jason Murphy at the event in the NLN centre in the IDA Industrial Estate. 

National Learning Network provides training funded by the Education and Training Board (ETB) and HSE for people with a variety of support needs or out of work through disability, illness or accident in Waterford.  National Learning Network’s centre in the IDA Industrial Park is currently offering training to 75 people. Courses on offer in this training centre include Catering and Hospitality, Computer Applications and Office Skills, Employer Based Training,  IT by Blended Learning , Cara Outreach  Aspergers Support Programme and Options, which is a rehabilitative training course that allows students to access a wide variety of training areas with individual supports in the training centre. 
Speaking at the presentation ceremony, Deputy Mayor Cllr. Jason Murphy said, “It’s wonderful to be here today to celebrate with the students and their families and acknowledge the positive aspect of people furthering their education. National Learning Network provides a stepping stone for students into employment and into other areas of education.  I would like to congratulate everyone on their achievements and I would like to wish them the best of luck with all of their future endeavours”.  
Kitty Galvin Hennessy, Area Manager of National Learning Network in Waterford said, “Today marks an important milestone for these students. Through hard work and dedication, they have achieved awards which are nationally recognised and provide a valuable stepping stone to higher level training, education or employment. In addition, the personal development and life skills they have gained throughout their studies with National Learning Network will be hugely important to their future success. All of the staff here in the centre congratulate the graduates on their achievements and wish them every success in the future. It’s great to see so many of our students go into employment or progressing to higher training or education.
“I would also like to thank Jim Breen, the Founder of Cycle Against Suicide for being here to celebrate with us today. I’d like to thank him for his inspiring words and wish him every success and support for his endeavours.” 
National Learning Network works on a continuous intake basis and if you are interested in accessing support towards further education, training and employment, please contact the centre directly at Tel: 051 359220