Limerick students take future into their own hands

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national learning networkFORTY Limerick students from the National Learning Network in the Jutland Centre were presented with certificates this week on the completion of courses that support people in entering or returning to employment.

Students were presented with certificates from courses including Art and Design, Information Technology, Health and Fitness, Personal and Interpersonal Skills, Career Preparation, Personal Care and Presentation, Stress Management, Horticulture, Digital Photography and Self Advocacy.

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Minister of State at the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government, Jan O’Sullivan TD, who presented the awards at the Clarion Hotel, congratulated the students on their achievements. “It’s a credit to National Learning Network’s approach to training and employment that more than 90 per cent of the people receiving certificates will progress to further services, education, training or employment in the region,” said Deputy O’Sullivan.

National Learning Network has two types of training in the Mid West region, rehabilitative training and vocational training. The Jutland Centre offers training opportunities to more than 40 people from throughout the region, who may have been finding it difficult to access further education, training and employment.

Area manager of National Learning Network in Limerick, Lisa Haugh, commented, “It is great to see so many of our students fulfilling ambitions for further training and study and to see them living more independent and fulfilling lives within their own communities. All of the staff are very proud of their achievements and we wish each student well for the future.”

On receiving his certificate, National Learning Network student David King enthused, “As a school leaver I have lived through the world been told what to do every day, now I am an independent person, I make my own decisions and with the help of National Learning Network I have fortified my independence, strengthened my resolve and protected my rights.”

National Learning Network is Ireland’s largest non-Government training organisation with more than 50 purpose-built training and employment centres nationwide catering for over 5,000 students each year. The organisation works on a continuous intake basis. For further information contact the National Learning Network on 061-229962.