(a) make representations on behalf of an education and training board in respect of its functions, (b) conduct surveys in respect of information sought by the Minister in respect of the performance of functions by education and training boards, and (c) give such assistance to an education and training board as the Minister considers necessary for the effective discharge of its functions. (6) In this section “youth work” has the same meaning as it has in the Youth Work Act 2001.
“The passing of the Education and Training Boards Bill heralds the start of the most significant structural reform of the education and training sector for decades" says general secretary Michael Moriarty. “With the establishment of ETBs this country will have a new middle tier of education authorities empowered to provide a range of education and training services including services to schools and colleges in all sectors if requested. ETBs will be both support and delivery agencies having a real and significant impact on communities within their catchment areas'" concludes Mr Moriarty.
The SOLAS Bill has already been before the Dáil Select Committee and is progressing to Report Stage. The Bill will dissolve FAS and replace with SOLAS which will have strategic oversight and funding functions. FAS training delivery is transferring to ETBs as indicated above.