Quality Assurance

Kerry ETB is committed to quality assurance of all its programmes and services. Kerry ETB is focused on providing quality learning opportunities for all learners on further education and training courses. Quality Assurance is about quality teaching and learning as well as the governance structures that support this. Quality teaching and learning takes place in an environment where policies, procedures, planning and evaluation are clear and transparent to all.

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Collaboration with Partners, Other Providers and Other Awarding Bodies

SOLAS

Kerry ETB has a significant engagement with SOLAS- the state organisation with responsibility for funding, planning and coordinating Further Education and Training. The Further Education and Training Strategy 2014-2019 set out by SOLAS sets priorities for investment and development of the sector, which inform and guide the development of Kerry ETB FET Services.


Education and Training Boards Ireland
Education and Training Boards Ireland (ETBI), is the national representative association for Ireland’s sixteen Education and Training Boards- providing a range of coordination and professional supports to ETBs and facilitating collaboration between ETB’s. ETBI coordinates a number of groups, which assist ETBs to develop policy and enhance practice. Kerry ETB draws from the work of these groups contributing to the improvement of ETB services nationally and strengthening the capacity to apply a consistency of approach:

  • Chief Executives Forum
  • Directors Forum
  • FET Directors QA Strategy Group
  • FET Steering Group
  • Quality Assurance Forum
  • New Apprenticeship Development Group 

Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection
The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP) through its Intreo offices are a strategic partner in planning education and training provision for those who are out of the labour market. DEASP/Intreo staff are involved in the area groups which focus on planning- and streamlining referrals into Kerry ETB FET courses. A formal referral protocol between Kerry ETB and DEASP/Intreo is in place.

Other Providers
Kerry ETB has specific arrangements in place which provide enhanced progression opportunities to learners exiting Kerry ETB Courses and progressing to Higher Education courses in the Institute of Technology Tralee

Memorandums of Agreement with collaborating providers are established with collaborating providers through Quality Assurance Procedures for National Apprenticeship Commis Chef Programme:

  • Galway Roscommon ETB 
  • Limerick Clare ETB 
  • City of Dublin ETB 
  • Cavan Monaghan 
  • Kildare Wicklow ETB 

Other Awarding Bodies
Kerry ETB has quality assurance arrangements in place with the following awarding bodies: 

  • ITEC and CIBTAC
  • City and Guilds
  • CIDESCO 

Kerry ETB will incorporate these arrangements, as well as unaccredited provision, within its new quality assurance policies and procedures. A single set of quality assurance policies, procedures and practices will operate across all FET activity.


Ireland's European Structural and Investment Funds Programmes 2014-2020 European Union Department of Education and Skills QQI


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