The Education and Training Boards Act has been signed by the President and awaits commencement. The Act provides for the establishment of 16 new education and training boards to replace the soon to be dissolved VECs. The ETBs will have significantly greater functions than VECs and will also take on the current training functions of FAS when the 16 FAS training centres are transferred to the ETBs.
The announcement today of the establishment of a review of apprenticeship training and education is welcomed by the Irish Vocational Education Association (IVEA) on behalf of member VECs.
IVEA General Secretary Michael Moriarty says,“This review process is both timely and appropriate as it coincides with the proposed transfer of the FÁS training function to the soon-to-be-established Education and Training Boards (ETBs). I have long argued for greater engagement between education and training with the business community. Our training system needs to become more aligned to the European model where Vocational Education and Training (VET), including apprenticeship training, is a priority activity for business and education and training. I look forward to engaging with the review and IVEA will be submitting our views as part of the review process.”