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Monday
Jan152018

Press release from Kerry ETB January, 12th 2018 re. Article in Irish Examiner

The article in the Irish Examiner refers to Kerry ETB spending at least €1 million, on goods and services without fully following the rules, in 2016. The areas referred to are buses and transport, cleaning, legal, recruitment, school books, exam papers and canteen costs.

Kerry ETB wishes to clarify that its practice had been to procure services, in accordance with our procurement policy and procedures, locally on an individual school/centre basis across the County. Essentially the main issue as referenced relates to the running of individual rather than composite procurement competitions for the supply of goods and services. For example currently Kerry ETBs schools and centres procure bus companies locally (in 2016 this involved 26 locally based geographically dispersed Bus Hire Companies) rather than Kerry ETB procuring all such bus services centrally on a composite basis for the scheme.

Kerry ETB confirms that it will address the matters raised in 2018.

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Kerry ETB contact details:
Kerry Education and Training Board,
Centrepoint,
John Joe Sheehy Road,
Tralee,
Co. Kerry.
Phone: 066 7121488

 

Friday
Jan122018

40 schools will be first to start studying Leaving Certificate Computer Science 

40 schools will be first to start studying Leaving Certificate Computer Science from this September  including one Kerry Education and Training Board school, Coláiste na Ríochta.

Minister Bruton today announced that 40 post primary schools around the country will start studying Leaving Certificate Computer Science from this September and will be the first to sit an exam in the subject in 2020.

The introduction of Computer Science as a Leaving Certificate subject is part of the Government’s overall commitment to embed digital technology in teaching and learning. The society our children will grow up in, will be one which has been fundamentally transformed by new technology. Our education system must prepare our children to thrive in such an environment by equipping them with skills in creativity, adaptability and problem solving.

Today’s announcement is one of a range of actions the Minister is taking in this area, as outlined in his STEM strategy and Action Plan for Education, which aims to make Ireland the best education and training service in Europe by 2026. Kerry Education and Training Board are delighted to be part of this new initiative. 

Monday
Dec182017

Kerry Education & Training Board Christmas card Art Competition 2017

Kerry Education and Training Board received over 200 Entries from their 8 Kerry ETB Schools throughout Kerry and as always the standard was very high.  However there can only be one overall winner with three runners up selected due to the impressive submissions made by Kerry ETB schools.

The winner and runner up’s were invited to Kerry ETB Head Office and were presented with their prizes by Ann O’Dwyer, Director of Schools.  According to Ann O’ Dwyer “Every card submitted demonstrated much artistic talent in our schools and we are very proud to display all the entries here at our offices in Centrepoint, Tralee for everyone to enjoy and admire. In this regard we want to thank every student who entered the competition as their art work has brightened up the offices during this festive time and  I invite people to come view the cards on display’.  The winning card was sponsored and printed by Kingdom Printers and will be sent out all over the country as the official Kerry ETB Christmas Card.

Kerry ETB would like to thank again all the students who took part and their Art teachers for their enthusiasm and interest. Finally and most importantly Kerry ETB would like to congratulate the winners.

Overall Winner: Caoimhe Curran, 5th Year, 2017, Coláiste na Sceilge, Cahersiveen
Art Teacher: Fiona Holly

The runners up are;

Runner up 1:
Conor Hope
6th Year
Coláiste na Ríochta
Art teacher: Marian Sugrue

Runner up 2
Emilia Girasole
Coláiste na Ríochta
5th Year
Art teacher: Marian Sugrue

Runner up 3;
Agne Arlauskaite
Castleisland Community College
1st year
Teacher: Pia Thorthon

Caoimhe received a Samsung Tablet sponsored by Hugh Culloty Expert, The Mall, Tralee with Brendan Culloty joining Ann O’ Dwyer in congratulating the winner Caoimhe and Runners up Conor, Emilia and Agne on their impressive card designs

Each runner up received a €30 One4all Gift Card.

Kerry ETB would also like to thank again Kingdom Printers and Hugh Culloty Expert who helped make the Kerry ETB Christmas Card Competition such a success this year. 

Tuesday
Oct312017

Kerry Education and Training Board to take responsibility for the construction of the new school building for Listellick National School, Tralee

 

Kerry Education and Training Board (Kerry ETB) at its Board Meeting on Monday October 23rd 2017 approved the signing of the Service Level Agreement (SLA) for the delivery of a Devolved Major Project for Listellick National School, Tralee for the construction of a new 8 classroom school and ancillary accommodation. Kerry ETB was requested by the Department of Education and Skills (DoES) to take responsibility for the construction of this new National School in Tralee. Kerry ETB is a provider of Primary / Post-Primary and Adult and Further Education and Training across Co. Kerry.

The new school accommodation will include: 8 classrooms, General Purpose Room, Library, Multi-Purpose Room, Special Education Tuition Room, Office & Staff Room plus ancillary accommodation.

Speaking following the signing of the Agreement An Cathaoirleach of Kerry ETB, Cllr. Jim Finucane stated that “Kerry ETB is delighted to have been requested by the Department to take responsibility for the delivery of the building project for Listellick National School. The Education and Training Board is a statutory provider of education and training services with significant experience in the delivery of building projects and we look forward to the successful delivery of this project”.

The CEO of Kerry ETB, Mr. Colm Mc Evoy in welcoming this development said “as the local Education and Training Service for Co. Kerry, I am pleased that the Board of Kerry ETB approved the signing of the Service Level Agreement between Kerry ETB and the Department of Education and Skills for Listellick National School. This is the first occasion on which the ETB has been requested to deliver a major building project outside of its’ own Scheme. We view the Departments request as a signal of its’ confidence in Kerry ETB. We look forward to working with the Board of Management, Principal, Staff and the School Community in progressing this project to completion for December 31st 2020.

Responding to the announcement, the Principal of Listellick N.S, Ms. Annette Dineen said “Today is a great day for everyone in Listellick National School and our wider School Community. We are very excited to finally have a completion date. The Board of Management is delighted that Kerry ETB are responsible for delivering the project and we look forward to working with them.”

For further information, please contact Elaine Dreelan Jones at ejones@kerryetb.ie or 066 7121488.

Tuesday
Oct242017

Opening of the Further Education and Training Centre in Dingle

Kerry Education and Training Board (Kerry ETB) is delighted with the opening of its new Further Education and Training Centre in Dingle.  The Centre will be opened by the Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, Mr. Brendan Griffin, TD on Monday 23rd October at 4.00pm.  The Centre is located in Rice House in the centre of the town and provides the ETB with a modern facility from which to deliver its Further Education and Training (FET) services for Dingle and the West Kerry peninsula.  Kerry ETB offers a very extensive FET programme with over 10,000 Learners engaged annually.  The FET programmes are from Levels 1-6 on the National Qualifications Framework and include Literacy programmes, Community Education programmes, Back to Education Initiative programmes, Adult Education programmes, Post Leaving Certificate programmes, Traineeships and Apprenticeships.

Prior to the opening of this Centre, Kerry ETB’s Literacy programme was located in an office in the old CBS School on The Mall.  This new Centre will allow for the development and expansion of programme delivery right across the full spectrum of FET in the area.  The opening of the Centre will provide both Learners and Employers with the opportunity to access these services locally.

Commenting on the opening of the Centre, Ms. Eithne Boland, Centre Manager, stated

“I am delighted with the opening of our Centre in the Rice House building, which has been refurbished over the past few months.  Some courses are up and running in the Centre already in the areas of Basic Computers, Personal Development, ESOL and Irish for Parents and a variety of courses, accredited and non-accredited, are due to commence in November in Healthcare, Office Skills, Photography, Facebook Marketing, Stained Glass & Mosaic Art, Interior Design, Storytelling, Creative Writing and Horticulture.  We look forward to working with the local Community and Employers in developing the provision to meet local needs.”

Over the years Kerry ETB has worked with the Dingle Cookery School, Fáilte Ireland, Údarás na Gaeltachta, Kerry County Council, the Department of Social Protection and many other bodies in delivering courses in Dingle.  The opening of the Centre provides a real focal point and a very visible presence for the ETB in West Kerry.

Speaking prior to the opening, Mr. Owen O’Donnell, Director of Further Education and Training at Kerry ETB said,

“We have an extensive FET programme accessible across the county, but the absence of a permanent base for the ETB in West Kerry was a need that we have been trying to address for a number of years.  Our aim is to ensure that Learners and Employers have access to our services locally.  The opening of this Centre is a very positive development for Kerry ETB and we look forward to its progression and growth in the years ahead.”

For further information, please contact Ms. Eithne Boland, Centre Manager on 066 9152361 or by email at EBoland@kerryetb.ie.


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