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Kerry ETB Press Release

Kerry Education and Training Board (ETB) and the local community of Two Mile were delighted with the attendance at the Information Evening held in the Two Mile Community National School on Thursday 6th July.

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Kerry ETB – Press Release

Kerry ETB – Press Release

Kerry Education and Training Board (Kerry ETB) is to open its first Community National School (CNS) in September 2017. The school will be located in Cahooreigh, just outside Killarney. This is Kerry’s first Community National School and the only multidenominational primary school in the Killarney area. Kerry ETB is also the patron of the very successful Killarney Community College.

This Community National School (CNS) is opening in the building that formerly housed the Two Mile/ Cahooreigh national school. Kerry ETB would like to thank the Bishop of Kerry, Bishop Ray Browne, for making the school building available for lease to Kerry ETB for the provision of the Community National School.

Responding to the announcement, Kerry ETB’s Chief Executive/Director of Schools Mr. Colm McEvoy/Ms. Ann O’Dwyer said “We are absolutely delighted to be opening a Community National School in Two Mile/Cahooreigh Killarney. We look forward to working closely with such a committed group of local parents and their children.”

“Families in Killarney and the surrounding area are very fortunate to have a choice of Catholic schools, Gaelscoileanna and now a Community National School. What is unique about this particular model is that the State is the patron and the school will benefit directly from the supports offered by Kerry ETB. Kerry ETB has eight post-primary schools and a large suite of Further Education and Training courses. These schools and centres are supported by the staff in Kerry ETB Head Office in dealing with Finance, Human Resources and other administrative functions. This level of support enables the schools and centres to focus their attention on the real work of teaching and learning. Kerry ETB has a reputation for excellence in education and inclusion in both post-primary and further education and training. This expertise will transfer easily to the primary school sector.”

“Another distinguishing feature of the CNS model is its multidenominational ethos. The school will cater for children of all faiths and beliefs equally. Parents of children in existing CNS schools appreciate that these schools make space for the spiritual part of a child’s identity while respecting all faiths and secular beliefs equally. ”

The school is accepting enrolments from Junior Infants- 6th Class. Anyone interested in enrolling their child should contact Kerry ETB directly on 066 7121488 or by emailing

For further information on the CNS model, please visit

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Further Education & Training Fair - North Kerry

Kerry ETB is delighted to announce the North Kerry Further Education and Training Fair, which will take place on Monday 29 May, from 11am to 6pm at the Listowel Arms Hotel, providing a range of course information, skills demonstrations and talks, all free and open to the public.

Kerry ETB colleges, centres and programmes will show their full range of courses. These include North Kerry College of Further Education Listowel, Kerry College of Further Education Tralee, Kerry ETB Training Centre Tralee, An Tochar Adult Education Centre, Causeway.

As a key state service Kerry ETB is reaching out to people in rural areas to inform them of all the lifelong learning opportunities available in the area, be it for personal or professional development, for job seeking or for simply for individual growth and fulfilment.

Details of courses across a range of career clusters will be available from business, administration, ICT, finance, social care, nursing, health care, animal care, tourism and tour guiding, sport, law, art and photography, TV, Film and Radio production, to stonecutting, wind turbine maintenance, overhead lines, fibre installation, motor mechanics, welding and CAD.

Some lucky members of the public may even get a makeover or a haircut at the Beauty Therapy, Hairdressing & Barbering skill demonstrations. The more health conscious can have their blood pressure checked by Nursing Studies and Health Care students, while dog lovers can find out about grooming from Animal Care students. Other skill demonstrations will include Childcare; Sport, Recreation and Sports Therapy.

This further education and training (FET) Fair will be of interest to jobseekers, second chance learners, school leavers, employers, parents and guidance counsellors. Senior cycle school students are also invited, as many young people now choose to go to a PLC Further Education College as a gap year that prepares them well for the transition to third level.

There will be a talk on the day about Post Leaving Certificate (PLC) courses as a Route to College (11.30 and repeated at 2.30).

“We have noticed an increasing trend in young people deferring a college place for a year and instead doing a PLC course. This is a great option as they can avail of a SUSI grant while using the time and space to explore vocational options before committing to a degree course for four years. Our most recent study on Outcomes for PLC Learners, which is due to be launched soon, shows that more than half of all PLC students go on to third level, while almost a third go directly into employment. The trend is that the older the learner the more likely they are to go to jobs on course completion, while a higher percentage of learners under 26 years go on to further study”, said Owen O’Donnell, Director of FET.

Given the recovering economy in Ireland this year the Kerry ETB Training Centre will host a talk on Apprenticeship (12.00 and repeated at 3.00pm) for both employers and those considering this earn as you learn pathway to a national craft qualification. On the day the public can talk to instructors from the plumbing, electrical, fitting, carpentry and joinery, motor, stonecutting and metal fabrication Apprenticeships, all of which are delivered in Kerry by the ETB Training Centre.

Writing assignments can be a daunting task for people who have not been in education in recent years or may have left school early. So the Open Learning Centre staff from the Kerry ETB Further Education PLC Colleges in Tralee and Listowel will be on hand to talk about what they can offer students such as the opportunity to develop study skills, explore their own learning style and update their ICT skills for handing in written work.

Adult Guidance staff will be providing information about courses, student finance and supports such as how to apply for a SUSI grant. The Department of Social Protection will also be present to take social welfare queries from people considering returning to education and explain how the Back to Education Allowance works.

Kerry ETB has 20 further education and training centres spread across tens towns in Kerry, offering hundreds of courses, full and part time, as well as evening and online giving people the opportunity to build on their skills for work, life, family and community.

The door is open to any employer who wants to come on the day and discuss options for future staff training for business and industry, from the small trader to large factory.

Colm Mc Evoy said “we really are in the business of creating a learning society in Kerry.  Kerry ETB has something for everyone, from world class skills and qualifications to second chance education. We say that sometimes in life you don’t get a second chance, but with Kerry ETB you do. So we invite you to be the best that you can be, with Kerry ETB“. 


Appointment of Area Training Manager - Kerry ETB Training Centre


Kerry Education and Training Board (Kerry ETB) is delighted to announce the appointment of 
Ms Nora O’Callaghan as the new Area Training Manager.

Nora has had a long career with the Kerry ETB Training Centre and the former FÁS Training Centre in a number of different roles. She has worked as the Assistant Manager of the Training Centre for the past 13 years and prior to that she worked as an Instructor.

In her new role, Nora will have responsibility for leading and managing the range of training programmes delivered by the Kerry ETB Training Centre both in the Monavalley Training Centre and in other County locations.   The training centre delivers a broad range of courses under Apprenticeship, Traineeship and Specific Skills Training Programmes and runs National courses in Wind Turbine Maintenance, Overhead Lines Operative Traineeship, Fibre Installation Technician as well as a suite of courses in Media Production delivered from the Digital Skills Centre located in the Training Centre.

“I am delighted to be appointed to the position of Area Training Manager with Kerry ETB. The Training Centre has always maintained an excellent track record in providing training to match the skills needs of local industry.  I look forward to building upon this record and to continue to work with the Kerry ETB Education and Training provision in the years ahead” stated Nora.  


Significant advancement of the new School building Project for Gaelcholáiste Chiarraí 

Kerry Education and Training Board (Kerry ETB) is delighted to announce very significant progress with regard to the new school for Gaelcholáiste Chiarraí. On Tuesday April 11th 2017 the first meeting of the newly appointed Design Team took place in Kerry ETB Head Office. 

Front l-r: Ann O'Dwyer (Director of Schools Kerry ETB), Austin Ó Seachnasaigh (Príomhoide), Jim Finucane (Kerry ETB),Michelle Sweeney (Oppermann Association Architects),Colm McEvoy (CEO, Kerry ETB) agus Ruairí Ó Cinnéide (Príomhoide Tanáisteach Gaelcholáiste Chiarraí).
Back l-r: Kevin Holland (Atkins),Mark O'Loughlin (Atkins) Joe Beggs (McGahon Surveyors), Maria Brennan (Director of OS&D, Kerry ETB), Declan Doyle (Varming Construction Engineers) Edward O'Neill (Kerry ETB) agus Owen O'Donnell (Director FET, Kerry ETB).

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