'Momentous occasion' as Waterford company wins inaugural National Learning Networks Positive to Inclusion Award

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WIT Novus wins inaugural National Learning Networks ‘Positive to Inclusion Award 2018

Lizzy Kent, Shay Cullen, Carmel Murphy, Mairead Bonnar, Kitty Galvin Hennessy, Maria Griffin and Catherine Higgins

Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) Novus has been announced as the inaugural winner of the National Learning Networks Positive to Inclusion Award 2018.

WIT Novus is a subsidiary company of WIT and manages commercial units such as food and beverage, accommodation, and the WIT Arena.

The partnership between the National Learning Network and WIT Novus stems back over 15 years. The award is fitting recognition of what has been an exemplary partnership that has benefitted all involved. It’s a very proud moment for the company and is representative of the culture of inclusion that is to the forefront of life in WIT.

"The award was recognition of excellence in the provision and support of work placements to our students and an appreciation for employing some of our students. Without the support of employers like WIT Novus, students would leave our service with an uncertain future," said Waterford National Learning Network Centre manager Kitty Galvin Hennessy.

WIT Novus food and beverage manager Mairead Bonnar added: "It was a momentous occasion accepting the award on behalf of the team at Novus. We look forward to networking more in 2019 and would like to thank the entire team at the centre for all their hard work and dedication shown to all students.”

She also paid tribute to her own team for their commitment to inclusion and willingness to embrace and grow this relationship over the years.