To mark College Awareness Week, National Learning Network (NLN), the education and training division of the Rehab Group, is hosting a National Open Day across many of its centres, including in Dundalk, from 11am this Thursday 23 November.
This eagerly anticipated event will unfold across many NLN centres nationwide, serving as a cornerstone celebration for National College Awareness Week. In Dundalk, the NLN Open Day will be held at NLN, The Ramparts, Dundalk.
College Awareness Week aims to promote the benefits of a post-secondary education plan for everyone. It is supported by the National Association of Principals, Deputy Principals, and other organisations such as the Union of Students in Ireland and the Irish Union of Second-Level Students.
NLN, with a presence in over 50 locations across Ireland, is a progressive leader in delivering personalised education, training, and development opportunities throughout Irish communities for people with disabilities or people requiring additional support.
NLN’s certified training courses have significantly impacted the progression of people with disabilities and health conditions into further education and employment.
More than 1,653 NLN students have gone on to further education since 2020, and an additional 950 have been supported to find jobs. Some participants, who were previously locked out of the jobs market, have landed jobs in a range of companies such as Meta, Cook Medical, and Mr. Price and across the hospitality and tourism industry.
People attending National Learning Network include those claiming any form of disability benefit, autistic people, those recovering from an accident or injury, or those living with mental health challenges, or learning disabilities.
NLN each year also supports hundreds of people with complex and enduring mental health issues through a programme called Individual Placement and Support (IPS).
IPS helps people who would have otherwise met with barriers to the employment market to find work in mainstream competitive jobs. The service is currently supporting 329 participants, 89 of whom are working and being supported to maintain their jobs.
NLN is particularly attuned to the needs of those who find traditional post-school study routes challenging, including individuals with autism or those who may struggle in larger class settings.
The NLN Open Day will welcome individuals who may benefit from a supported training course, from school-leavers aged 16 up to adults of all ages. Our dedicated staff collaborates with employers to match students with the right roles, fostering a supportive personal and professional growth environment.
Director of Learning at National Learning Network, Lucianne Bird, said: “We are delighted to be part of a nationwide campaign to promote the importance of post-secondary education, particularly for people with disabilities or those who need a little support to achieve their goals.
“People with disabilities experience multiple barriers to accessing and sustaining employment, including access and infrastructural barriers, poverty traps, negative stereotypical perceptions, and limited progressive education opportunities. NLN advocates for students to have the choice to pursue the course best suited to their interests, abilities, and dreams.
“We feel passionately about how NLN works for people for whom traditional post school routes simply do not work. We are a pathway for people to access further and third level education, apprenticeships, and employment. At NLN, we believe no one should be left behind, and this is what our inclusive, equitable education and training model is all about.”
“We work with people of all ages, from early school leavers to adults of all ages. Our staff are skilled in working with employers to help match students with the right employer and the right role.
“We would advise anyone who needs extra support to get into employment or further education to drop into a participating centre during our National Open Day event on November 23rd,” she said.
Members of the public interested in attending an NLN Open Day can log onto www.nln.ie to find the location of their nearest participating centre. Please email email@example.com for more information on the Dundalk NLN centre and its Open Day.