Education and Training Board

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An Education and Training Board (ETB) (Irish: Bord Oideachais agus Oiliúna) is a statutory local education body in the Republic of Ireland that administers some secondary education, most adult education and a very small amount of primary education in the state. They came into existence on 1 July 2013, when they replaced the existing system of Vocational Education Committees (VECs) that had been in place since 1930.[1] In addition to taking over the responsibilities of VECs, ETBs took on the training functions of Foras Áiseanna Saothair (FÁS), the national training and employment authority, when it was dissolved in 2013.[2]

Number and constitution[edit]

There are 16 ETBS, replacing 33 VECs. On formation the existing VEC members became members of the replacement boards. The membership will change following the next Irish local government elections, due to be held in May 2014.[2]

Each board will have 21 members:

  • 12 local authority representatives
  • 2 staff representatives
  • 2 parents’ representatives
  • 5 members from bodies representing community/business interests: One community/business interest representative must be drawn from business, industry and employers; one from learners’ representative bodies and one must be representative of "bodies connected to school management or leadership".[1][2]
ETB Former VECs Location of headquarters Website
Cavan and Monaghan ETB County Cavan VEC,
County Monaghan VEC
Monaghan, sub-office in Cavan Town [1]
(domain registered but not in use as of 3 July 2013)
City of Dublin ETB City of Dublin VEC Ballsbridge [2]
Cork ETB City of Cork VEC,
County Cork VEC
Greater Cork [3]
Dublin and Dún Laoghaire ETB County Dublin VEC,
Dún Laoghaire VEC
Tallaght [4]
Donegal ETB County Donegal VEC Letterkenny [5]
Galway and Roscommon ETB City of Galway VEC,
County Galway VEC,
County Roscommon VEC
Athenry, sub-office in Roscommon Town [6]
Kerry ETB County Kerry VEC Tralee [7]
Kildare and Wicklow ETB County Kildare VEC,
County Wicklow VEC
Naas with sub-office in Wicklow [8]
Kilkenny and Carlow ETB County Carlow VEC,
County Kilkenny VEC
Carlow Town [9]
(domain registered but not in use as of 4 July 2013)
Laois and Offaly ETB County Laois VEC,
County Offaly VEC
Portlaoise [10]
(domain registered but not in use as of 4 July 2013)
Limerick and Clare ETB City of Limerick VEC,
County Limerick VEC,
County Clare VEC
Greater Limerick As of 3 July 2013 the existing VEC websites, [11], [12]
and [13]
remain in operation while a dedicated
website is being completed.[3]
Longford and Westmeath ETB County Longford VEC,
County Westmeath VEC
Mullingar As of 4 July 2013 the two VEC websites [14]
and [15]
continue in operation while a new website is developed.
Louth and Meath ETB County Louth VEC,
County Meath VEC
Drogheda [16]
(domain registered but not in use as of 4 July 2013)
Mayo, Sligo and Leitrim ETB County Leitrim VEC,
County Mayo VEC,
County Sligo VEC
Castlebar, sub-offices in Sligo and Carrick-on-Shannon [17]
Tipperary ETB North Tipperary VEC,
South Tipperary VEC
Nenagh with sub-office in Clonmel The VEC websites [18]
and [19]
continue in use until the development of
a dedicated website.
Wexford and Waterford ETB County Wexford VEC,
County Waterford VEC,
City of Waterford VEC
Wexford, with sub-offices in Dungarvan and Waterford [20]
(domain registered but not in use as of 3 July 2013)

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Education and Training Boards replace VECs to save €2m a year". Irish Examiner. 1 July 2013. Retrieved 2 July 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "01 July, 2013- Education and Training Boards replace VECs". Department of Education and Skills. Retrieved 3 July 2013. 
  3. ^ "Home". County Limerick VEC. Retrieved 3 July 2013.