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.
As a Coordinating Provider for the New Apprenticeship Programme Kerry ETB is operating under the Quality Assurance Procedures for new National Apprenticeship Programmes. 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 Assurance 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.