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National Learning Network has Given Me a Future

06 December 2012

“I realised that I needed a new challenge after spending so long at home raising my children and National Learning Network in Cavan has opened up so many new opportunities for me. I now work part-time in my local supermarket. I’m secretary of the local soccer club and I’m also involved with ladies GAA club and the Parents Association - all of which stems from my participation in the course.”  These are the words of Alison Jobe, who studied IT by Distance Learning with National Learning Network in Cavan, and was one of over 40 students who were presented with their certificates by Mary Lawlor, Cavan Person of the Year in a graduation ceremony at Hotel Kilmore.

National Learning Network offers a range of rehabilitative and vocational training courses funded by the HSE and FáS, 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 taught 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 or health difficulty. In the past year, more that 80 per cent of students who completed programmes with National Learning Network have progressed to employment or further training and education.

“In a class or work environment you might sometimes feel that you have to “keep up” with your peers, but with National Learning Network’s IT by Distance Learning course you can work away at your own pace,” says Alison.  “The instructors were so important to my success because I felt I could contact them at any time to ask advice or questions.”

Mary Lawlor who was crowned Cavan Person of the Year for her tireless work in the community, presented students with certificates in a range of courses that support people in entering into or returning to employment. These include the IT by Distance Learning, Employer Based Training, Fresh Start, Access, and Turas programmes. Speaking at the presentation ceremony, Ms Lawlor said, “I am really impressed by the wide variety of courses offered by National Learning Network and the national and international recognition that these courses achieve. It is clear to me that they have been well designed, focussing on each students needs. I’m honoured to present the students with their certificates and I wish them the best of luck in the future"

Miriam McQuaid, Area Manager of National Learning Network, Cavan said. “This is a great 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. We are especially delighted to have Mary Lawlor here today to present the awards. Mary is a source of inspiration to all of us for the time she has given voluntarily over the years to help others in her community. We would also like to welcome Deputy Joe O’ Reilly TD and thank him for taking time out of his busy schedule to be here today and for showing his continued support for the work of National Learning Network.”

 National Learning Network works on a continuous intake basis and if you are interested in a place, please contact the centre directly at tel: 049 4331544 or by email cavan@nln.ie .