Kerry ETB has a significant engagement with SOLAS- the state organisation with responsibility for funding, planning and coordinating Further Education and Training. The Strategic Performance Agreement 2018 – 2020 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.
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 new National Apprenticeship Programmes:
- 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
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.