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Youth Employability Initiative 2018

Youth Employability Initiative 2018

The Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) has secured funding through Dormant Accounts Funds to launch a new YEI in 2018/2019. Guidance Information and the application form are available through

Applications for funding through the Youth Employability Initiative must be made through the relevant ETB. Applications must clearly demonstrate that they are addressing the need identified by the ETB. To obtain a copy of the needs analysis and submit your complete application please email

The closing date for receipt of applications is 5pm, Friday December 7th 2018.



€1.1 Million Euro Extension for Coláiste Gleann Lí

14 May, 2018
Press Release

Brendan Griffin TD, Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport turns sod for €1.1 million euro new extension for Coláiste Gleann Lí.

Brendan Griffin TD, Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport officially turned the sod today (14th May 2018) on the site of Coláiste Gleann Lí post-primary school. This marks the commencement of extensive building works, valued at €1.1 million, by Kerry Education and Training Board which will see Coláiste Gleann Lí- Post Primary School extended, refurbished and upgraded.  
The extension to the school building will house an ICT/ Creative Arts Centre as well as a host of specialist classrooms ensuring that Coláiste Gleann Lí will become a market leader in the delivery of an innovative and creative ICT-led education. The construction works will also include changing facilities and flood lighting for the existing on-site astro turf pitch. The commencement of building works was welcomed by Chief Executive Officer of Kerry Education and Training Board, Mr. Colm McEvoy in the presence of Director of Schools, Ms. Ann O’ Dwyer, Chairperson of the Board, Mr. Jim Finucane, Principal of Coláiste Gleann Lí, Mr. Richard Lawlor and Deputy Principal, Liam McGill as well as representatives from the Parents’ Council and Students’ Council.
“Kerry ETB welcomes the development of the new extension to Colaiste Gleann Lí and in particular would like to complement the school leadership and staff for their commitment to the core values of respect, inclusion, equality and quality which is evident in the manner they have planned for and developed the special class in the school. It is a real example of the schools characteristic spirit in practice. Both students and parents speak very proudly of the quality of education provision and student care and support in the school and this new development is a further example of this.”  Director of Schools, Ann O’ Dwyer.
These plans mark the second phase of a two phased development process, part one of the ambitious project was completed in 2014 and saw the refurbishment of a cross section of specialist classrooms. 

Mr. Richard Lawlor, Principal of Coláiste Gleann Lí welcomed the commencement of the project as a recognition of the growth of the school since 2014. He welcomed the extension to the school describing it as highly necessary given the unprecedented increase in enrolments in recent times. Mr. Lawlor explained the reason for the marked increase in enrolments, "Our favourable class sizes mean that we are the only post primary school in Tralee that can offer the highest level of individual and personalised attention to students, ensuring that each student realises their full potential".
Deputy Principal, Liam McGill stated that “The extension will house whole-school activities which relate to music, drama and multimedia as well as a student Wi-Fi, multimedia and library space. The setting will enhance our provision of school-wide initiatives to enhance with student experience in line with the new Junior Certificate framework”. 

The Chairperson of the Board of Management Cllr. Terry O Brien in welcoming the sod turning by Minister Brendan Griffin he stated “we are delighted that this building project is commencing on site.  The Board and Staff in consultation with Kerry ETB have worked hard in recent years in ensuring that this building project became a reality.  When completed these works will provide much needed facilities for the staff and students.  We look forward to the completion of the works over the next year and the continued growth and development of Coláiste Gleann Lí.”


Photograph opportunity arranged for 10am on Monday 14th of May in Coláiste Gleann Lí- Post Primary School, Clash Tralee. Contact Maryanne on  087954304 or for further assistance.


Gaelcholáiste Chiarraí new building project advances to the next stage

Gaelcholáiste Chiarraí new building project advances to the next stage

2nd May 2018


Kerry Education and Training Board (Kerry ETB) is delighted to have received approval from the Department of Education and Skills to progress the New School Building for Gaelcholáiste Chiarraí to the next Stage.

Following the submission of a detailed Stage 1 Report by the Design Team the Department has approved the Project to progress to Stage 2. The Stage 1 submission addressed the development of an initial concept and design for the school including layout, traffic management etc.

In addition this phase included a full site survey assessing ground conditions, existing services, vegetation etc.

The final stage 1 report as submitted summarised the design, cost and viability of the entire project.  

Approval to progress to Stage 2 represents significant advancement project by the Design Team which began its work in April 2017, following their appointment.

The new school which is being delivered under the devolved funding model, will provide a state of the art accommodation for staff and students and will include the following: 

  • Over 20 general purpose classrooms
  • Specialist rooms including multimedia, music, design and communications graphics etc
  • science laboratories
  • arts rooms
  • home economics room
  • construction studies, engineering and technology rooms
  • A school library, general purpose area, students dining area, staff room etc.

In addition the new school building project will include a full size PE hall for the school.

Stage 2 comprises of two elements, Stage 2a Developed Design and Stage 2b Detailed Design. This Stage will address the development of the design to the point where the project can be progressed for submission for the necessary statutory approvals such as planning permission etc.

In welcoming the progress the CEO of Kerry ETB stated “We are delighted to have received approval to advance to the next stage. The timely construction of the new 600 student school for Gaelcholáiste Chiarraí is the number one building project priority for the ETB. I wish to thank the Department of Education and Skills, the Design team members and our staff for their work to date with this project.  We look forward to completing the stage 2 submission by the end of June 2018. I also wish to thank our colleagues in Kerry County Council for their support and assistance with this project. We also wish to thank the local community for their input and support to date with this very positive development in the Regeneration area.  When completed the new building will provide a state of the art facility for the entire school community and the local area. The timeline for the completion of the project is September 2020”. 


For further information, please contact Marion O Toole at or 066 7121488


Kerry ETB Further Education & Training Fair

Kerry ETB Further Education & Training Fair

Thursday 18 April 2018


Excitement is building for the Kerry ETB Further Education and Training Event of the year as the list of live skill demonstrations and event activities continues to grow. The event takes place on Thursday 19 April from 11am-6pm at the Brandon Hotel Tralee.

Hairdressing students will showcase skills in blow-drying, up-styling, braids and GHD styling. The public are invited to experience first-hand the art of dressing hair and bridal work. Meanwhile Beauty Therapy Trainees will do live makeup artistry and nail treatments demonstrations.

Animal lovers who want to stop by our Dog Grooming Parlour can find out about courses that lead to work in this industry.

A huge Apprenticeship display will show what is involved in the high demand welding and fabrication course area, plumbing, motor mechanics, as well providing information for electricians and carpenters. The letter carving, stone carving, clay modelling, stone balancing and stonewall construction display are annual showstoppers.

Foodies will love the pop-up restaurant with light bites served all day. There will be a Dingle Bay Bouillabaisse Demonstration at lunchtime, followed by the timed Two Egg Omelette Eggstravoganza. 

Anyone aspiring to get involved in radio or podcasting as a career can try voicing a radio commercial and have the finished item emailed to them.

Being one of the main Irish tourist counties we offer National and Regional Tour Guiding, Marine and Inland Angling Guiding courses to meet industry demand.

Post Leaving Certificate courses are also of huge interest to both mature students and young people who increasingly choosing PLC as a Pre-University foundation year to sample a new vocational area before committing to a Degree. This year gaming and fashion design has been added.

Adult education courses such as VTOS and Youthreach, with their built-in career guidance, academic, personal and childcare supports are a great option for many people, especially as these are available countywide and even have a two year Leaving Certificate option for adults in North Kerry. 

Anyone with literacy issues can confidentially find out about courses in reading, writing, numeracy, English for speakers of other languages and family learning.

This year Hugh Culloty Expert has sponsored three Lenovo Tab 7 Essential Tablets as Spot Prizes for winners of the Orienteering Treasure Hunt that will be run at the event by Kerry ETB’s Cappanlea Outdoor Education & Training Centre. Keep an eye out also for social media competitions.

Those looking for information on student finance, courses, careers or supports for students will have free access to professional career guidance and information staff as well as SUSI and Intreo.

To get there Local Link Kerry are running special buses to the event. So keep an eye out on social media for bus times from South Kerry, West Kerry and Castleisland as well as event information.

And of course there are also plenty of evening and part time BTEI choices for people who want to upskill in the jobs, are considering a complete career change or just want to pursue a personal interest. In fact employers too are invited to find out about what is available to them and their staff.

This event brings together the countywide offerings of Kerry ETB from the five rural adult education centres, Further Education Colleges, the ETB Training Centre and community education courses that are run in over 100 Kerry parishes.


For Further Information Please Contact:

Sharon Browne.

(086) 7969628.                            (066) 71 93 900


Press Release : Kerry Education and Training Board launch their Education and Training Strategy 2018 - 2022

Kerry Education & Training Board (Kerry ETB) are pleased to announce Mr. Brendan Griffin TD, Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport will launch our Education and Training Strategy 2018-2022 at Kerry ETB’s Cappanalea Outdoor and Education Training Centre at 10 am on Friday the 9th March 2018. 

Kerry ETB was established on July 1st 2013 and the development of this strategy provided an opportunity to chart the strategic direction for Kerry ETB over the next five years. The ETBs services includes primary, post primary and a wide range of further education and training programmes.

The mission of Kerry ETB is to create and promote the development of a lifelong learning society in Kerry, so that all who live there have access to the education and training required to fulfil their potential and meet their personal, social, cultural, economic and civic needs.

In developing this Strategy, the methodology adopted was designed to ensure extensive internal and external consultation including, ETB board members, learners, students, managers, staff, parents, industry and key community partners and agencies.

The Strategy emphasises the role of Kerry ETB in promoting a holistic education and training experience that spans the full spectrum of life-long learning. Key to the development of the strategy was the commitment to the organisations core values of Respect, Quality, Inclusion, Equality and Learning.  The Strategy aims to promote a shared vision across all of Kerry ETB’s programmes, centres, colleges, schools and services. This shared vision will help to ensure an integrated and seamless approach to the provision of education and training opportunities across the county.

The Strategy has identified nine Strategic Goals: -

1) Nationally and Internationally recognised and Quality Assured Programmes.

2) Quality Teaching and Learning.

3) Innovative Education and Training Responses.

4) Access and Progression.

5) Develop Productive Partnerships.

6) Stakeholder Engagement.

7) Effectiveness and Accountability in Governance and Leadership.

8) Marketing, Branding and Communication.

9) Enhancing the Working and Learning Environment.

Each strategic goal has a key number of associated actions. Progress with the implementation of the strategy will be measured annually by the implementation plans. The successful implementation of the strategy will require a shared ownership across the organisation with each school, center and programme utilising the strategic objective as the key drivers for their local planning and development.

The Chairperson of Kerry ETB, Cllr. Jim Finucane in welcoming the publication of the strategy stated: “I am delighted with the publication of the Kerry ETB Strategy Statement 2018-2022. The ETB is a key provider of education and training opportunities across county Kerry and the successful implementation of this strategy will ensure the continued successful development of the organisation over the next five years. I wish to thank the Chief Executive Officer, the Directors and all involved in the development of the Strategy Statement and I look forward to its implementation”.

The Chief Executive Office of Kerry ETB, Mr. Colm Mc Evoy stated: “I am confident that the strategic goals set out in the Strategy Statement are grounded in the organisations core values of Respect, Learning, Quality, Inclusion and Equality and set out a clear strategic path for their development until 2022. Kerry ETB is a large geographically dispersed organisation with over 1,100 staff, delivering education and training programmes from our twenty eight centres to over 15,000 students/learners annually. Our annual budget is in excess of €52 million making the ETB a key contributor the local economy. I look forward to working with the Board, the Directors, School and Centre Management and all the Staff in leading the implementation of the strategy over the next five year”

Ann O’Dwyer Director of Schools, Youth and Music stated that “Kerry ETB Primary and Post Primary schools, Youth Work and Music provision look forward to implementing this strategy over the next 5 years. It is the ambition of all our schools to achieve the “highly effective school” standards of teaching and learning, school management and ICT integration as set out by the Department of Education and Skills Inspectorate in the “Looking at our Schools Quality Framework for Primary and Post Primary Schools.” Kerry ETB schools are fully implementing the new Junior Cycle and will have commenced the implementation of the new Senior Cycle during the life of this strategy. We will also continue to prioritise the health and wellbeing of students through the full implementation of the DES Wellbeing Programme and also the ongoing development of the Student Support Teams. It is also envisaged that we will develop 3-4 additional Community National Schools in order to provide for diversity and inclusion in the primary sector. Kerry ETB will also work with our partner Kerry County Council, schools and music bodies to establish Music Generation in Kerry over the coming years. It is our plan to support the continued development of both targeted and generic youth work programmes across the county, based on the needs identified in the recent youth work audit. Kerry ETB will support the improvement of the Irish language through our work the relevant agencies on the implementation of the various Irish Plans across the county as well as continuing to prioritise oral language acquisition on our 8 schools.   

The Kerry ETB Director of Further Education and Training, Mr Owen O Donnell stated: “Further Education and Training has gone through seismic change over the last few years with the creation of the Education and Training Boards. Kerry ETB aims to continue at the forefront of this change with the development of our Further Education and Training provision to offer the highest quality education and training opportunities possible to our learners and Industry in Kerry. The Strategic Goals outlined in the Kerry ETB 2018-2022 Strategy will act as a road map for the ongoing transformation of the Further Education and Training provision within Kerry. Kerry ETB has several projects in development for new apprenticeships and courses including the upgrading of facilities countywide. I look forward to working with our team in Kerry ETB in the implementation of this Strategic plan“ 

The Kerry ETB Director of Organisation Support & Development, Ms Maria Brennan stated:  “This Strategy Statement was developed following an extensive consultation process with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders.  The nine goals which will plot our course over the next five years are the product of numerous workshops, interviews and questionnaires.  A planning and monitoring process will be put in place to evaluate the effectiveness of the Strategy and ensure realisation of our goals. I look forward to the full implementation of the strategy and ensuring the continued development of Kerry ETB as a leader in Education and Training provision in Kerry”. 


For further information, please contact Marion O Toole at or 066 7121488

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