Monday 26 August 2019

National Learning Network

‘NLN was a new beginning and it helped to build my confidence and self-esteem’

Kevin Buckley from Artane, Dublin
Kevin Buckley from Artane, Dublin

Traditional post-school study routes don’t suit every young person, especially those who struggle to be heard in a large class, who need extra support due to a learning difficulty, or who are living with mental or physical ill health.

For such students, the National Learning Network (NLN) offers a stepping stone into a job or further education.

Kevin Buckley (left), who has autism, testifies to the benefits of NLN. He now works in the HSE Coolock Primary Care Centre.

After school, he completed both the Certificate in Contemporary Living at Trinity College and the Computer Office Skills course in Killester College of Further Education, but still struggled.

Kevin (26) from Artane, Dublin, describes NLN as “a new beginning”, one that “helped to build my confidence and self-esteem”.

NLN has 50 colleges around Ireland offering a range of City & Guilds and QQI-accredited courses, as well as vocational and life skills training - everything from barista skills to spreadsheets, personal budgeting, horsemanship, catering and CV creation.

Learning is at the student’s own pace, in small classes and with work experience tailored to individual needs and abilities. All students have access to one-to-one support from instructors in numeracy and literacy, as well as an onsite psychologist.

Kevin, who completed the European Computer Driving Licence programme (ECDL), says he “learned things more easily” at NLN.

Kevin’s work experience with the HSE in Blanchardstown turned into a three-year job, before moving to his current position. where he works two days a week.

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