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Successful Students Receive Certificates from Mayor of Galway City

21 September 2015
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 "I came to National Learning Network a couple of years ago. I was suffering from depression. NLN is the hope I hadn't had for a very long time. The team was always there for me. They helped me, not just to learn about horticulture (and all the Latin names), and achieve my qualification, importantly they built my confidence. It's hard to believe I have come so far. It's such a joy for me that I am now studying in the National Botanic Gardens and I hope to go far there. Thanks so much to all in NLN!". These are the words of Ruta Makarite, a student on the Horticulture programme in National Learning Network in Galway, speaking at a certification event held today in the Menlo Park Hotel. Forty students were presented with certificates by Councillor Frank Fahy, Mayor of Galway City.

In partnership with the Galway Roscommon Education and Training Board (GRETB) and the HSE, National Learning Network’s centre in Horizon Business Park in Ballybrit offers rehabilitative and vocational training programmes to more than 120 people with extra support needs every year. All programmes at National Learning Network provide the opportunity for individuals to gain the skills, qualifications and work experience they want at a pace that suits their needs. 
Speaking at the presentation ceremony, Councillor Frank Fahy, Mayor of Galway City said, “Today marks a wonderful achievement for the students and I am delighted to be here to congratulate them all as they receive their awards. National Learning Network has a strong record of supporting students to help them progress in their lives and enable them to either return to work or take their first steps towards employment or back in education. I would like to congratulate each and every one of the students and I wish them every success for the future.”
Kevin Fitzgerald, Area Manager in National Learning Network in Galway said, “On behalf of all of the staff here in National Learning Network, I would like to congratulate each and every one of the students graduating here today. They have worked so hard during their time here in NLN. It is a great day of celebration for them, their families and for the staff here in Galway. We have students going on to work in Dangan Nurseries, GMIT and the National Botanical Gardens. We also have students who are going on to further education in NUI Galway and GTI Galway.  Best of luck to all of the students in the future.” 
National Learning Network works on a continuous intake basis throughout the year and if you are interested in furthering your skills or getting support to get a job, please contact the centre directly at Tel: (091) 756650.