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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Stakeholder Engagement

A key tenant of quality is that teaching, learning capabilities are enhanced, and a culture of continuous improvement and organisational learning is promoted such that all stakeholders have confidence in the quality and relevance of Kerry ETB programmes.

Points of engagement with stakeholders regarding programme development, planning and delivery are identified in the two QA systems that Kerry ETB is currently operating as a QQI legacy provider: 

As a Coordinating Provider for the New Apprenticeship Programme Kerry ETB is also operating under the Quality Assurance Procedures for National Apprenticeship Commis Chef Programme. Stakeholder engagement both locally and nationally is integral to the National Apprenticeship Commis Chef.

FET provision is planned on the basis of client and labour market needs. Kerry ETB intends to strengthen this process by focusing on improving employer engagement and increasing FET initiated new apprenticeships/traineeships and other forms of work-based learning and improving existing relevant FET provision to deliver high employment outcomes.

Kerry ETB has articulated particular commitments to Stakeholder Engagement in its strategy statement. Goal 6 brings a particular focus to communicating with learners, staff, employees, partners, the community and other agencies and education providers to enhance the quality, focus and relevance of Kerry ETB services. A review will be conducted of existing student councils in Kerry ETB colleges/centres and improvement actions taken to enhance these forums.

Kerry ETB plans to increase the employer engagement across its Post Leaving Certificate Courses with longer non-certified work experience during the Easter and summer breaks. This combined with extra tuition hours for core modules and learners support will increase retention and completion rates and higher learner placement/employment outcomes.

New QA governance structures, (specifically the Programme Governance Board and the Quality Governance Board) bring into effect the close involvement of industry and staff representatives. Kerry ETB is currently considering how to represent the diversity of its learners in its governance membership and will be engaging with the ETB sector on this.


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


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