Network to get work: NLN in Bray to hold open day on April 1
The National Learning Network in Bray is to hold an Open Day in its centre on the Boghall Road in Bray on April 1.
Bray is just one of 30 nationwide centres welcoming the public to see what courses NLN has to offer.
“It can be a transformative experience for students. Our courses give excellent training, but equally importantly they add purpose to students’ lives and gives them self-confidence” NLN, Wicklow Manager, Deborah Coughlan said.
“It’s not easy when big changes happen in your life, whether through mental health issues, back pain, social anxiety, cancer or any other setback, but if it’s support to find a job or get a qualification you need, then that’s where we can help.”
Up to 13.5pc of Wicklow’s population is living with a disability and they are twice as likely to leave school early and be jobless as a result.
NLN, which is the education and training division of Rehab Group, provides a range of flexible training courses for people with extra support needs. It is the largest private provider of personalised education, training and employment services in Ireland.
The certified training courses, which offer nationally recognised qualifications including QQI, ECDL, and City and Guilds, have impacted significantly on the progression of people with a disability and/or health conditions into employment and have seen some participants land jobs in companies such as Ryanair and Facebook.
One student who was supported by NLN in Bray is Wicklow man, Darren Moran (37, pictured).
“Before NLN I mainly did factory work, but I was diagnosed with epilepsy which stopped me from working in that area. Because of this I was nervous about going out to the workplace, and for many years I did nothing. Then I heard about the National Learning Network Bray.
“I saw how they have helped out so many people in finding work and getting back to further education. I decided that NLN would be a good place to try and re-educate myself and try a new career path. I am currently doing an IT and Business Administration course and it is going very well. Since I have started in NLN my confidence has improved so much that I am ready to get back into the work place as soon as I’m finished my course.”
“I would recommend NLN to anybody looking to get back into further education or employment. The support systems they have at NLN are amazing. Whether it’s going on to further education, finding a career or job, NLN really has everything you need to put you on the right path. It did for me,” he added.