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National Learning Network Helped me to Develop my Skills and Confidence

“National Learning Network helped me develop the skills and confidence to achieve recognised national certification and progress to a full time job.” These are the words of Brian Murphy, a former student of National Learning Network in Tallaght, speaking at an event recognising students’ achievements in the Red Cow Moran Hotel. Over 200 students were presented with their certificates by Mayor of South Dublin, Cllr Cathal King.

National Learning Network offers a range of rehabilitative and vocational training courses funded by the FÁS and the HSE, 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 delivered 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, illness or mental health difficulty.

Cllr Cathal King, Mayor of South Dublin presented students with certificates in a range of courses that support people in entering into or returning to employment. These include the Catering, IT/Business Studies, Office Skills, IT by Distance Learning, Fastrack to Employment, Employer Based Training, Vocational Multi-Skills, Vocational Skills Foundation, Fresh Start, Access and Connections programmes. Speaking at the presentation ceremony, Cllr Cathal King, Mayor of South Dublin said, “It’s wonderful to celebrate the positive aspect of people moving on and it’s a compliment to National Learning Network and the students that many are now in employment and for others National learning Network has been a stepping stone to further education”.

John Doolin, Area Manager of National Learning Network in Tallaght and Ballyfermot, said “This is a great a 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. In 2012, over 90% of people who completed a course with us progressed to further education, training and employment. It is great to see so many of our students employed locally in Dublin in jobs that we hope they will enjoy and progress in, and others fulfilling ambitions for further training and study. All of the staff are very proud of their achievements and we wish each student well for the future.”

National Learning Network works on a continuous intake basis and if you are interested in a place, please contact the centres directly – Tallaght (01 4525777) or Ballyfermot (01 6269979)

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