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Navan Students Presented with Certificates by Minister

18 December 2014

 "After becoming unemployed from a successful career through illness attending the National Learning Network Fresh Start course and the subsequent Office Skills Course has given me the confidence, experience and skills to progress back into the workforce in the training and Education sector”. These are the words of Thomas Mc Quaid, a student of National Learning Network in Navan, speaking at a certification event held today in The Ardboyne Hotel. Over 70 students were presented with certificates by Damien English TD, Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation.

Students were presented with FETAC certificates and awards following completion of a range of courses that support people entering into or returning to employment or progressing to further education. These include Access,  Computer Applications and Office Skills, Employer-Based Training, Advance and Fresh Start which are funded by the Department of Education and Skills through the Louth and Meath Education and Training as well as the HSE funded Community-based Rehabilitative Training


National Learning Network’s centres in the Mullaghboy Industrial Estate and on Kennedy Road offer training opportunities to more than 70 people from all over Meath, who may have been finding it difficult to access further education, training and employment.  The courses are designed to cater for the individual needs of each student and work on a continuous intake which allows students to start a course at any point in the year.


Speaking at the presentation ceremony, Minister English said, “I am delighted to be here today to celebrate the achievements of the students. I would like to congratulate each of the students on their wonderful achievements and I wish them every success for the future. I know that National Learning Network makes a huge difference, both academically and socially, to the lives of all the students who come through its doors. It was great to hear the students speak about how the courses and programmes are changing their lives.”

Alan Breathnach
, Area Manager, National Learning Network, 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. It is great to see so many of our students fulfilling ambitions for further training and study and going into jobs. All of the staff are very proud of their achievements and we wish each student well for the future.”

 If you are interested in any of the courses offered at National Learning Network, please contact the college on 046 9021975 or go to


Photography available from Kieran Maguire at 087 6851115/ 046 9023386

For more information contact

Alan Breathnach, Area Manager, National Learning Network Tel: 086 0220587 Email:


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