Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board is the state education and training authority for the Limerick and Clare region in Ireland. It is one of 16 statutory regional education authorities established by the Education and Training Boards Act 2013. It was created following the amalgamation of 3 Vocational Education Committees, which provided post-primary, adult and community education in Limerick City, County Limerick, County Clare since 1902. The authority was established on 1st July 2013 and assumed responsibility from SOLAS of 2 former Training Centres in Raheen, Limerick and Shannon, Co. Clare on 1st July 2014.
Map of the Authority’s Provision and Services
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The general functions of an Education and Training Board, stated under the Education and Training Boards Act 2013, are to:
a) establish and maintain recognised schools, centres for education and training or training facilities in its functional area.
b) when directed to do so by the Minister:
i. establish and maintain recognised schools in its functional area,
ii. establish and maintain centres for education in its functional area,
iii. maintain centres for education or recognised schools in its functional area, and
iv. establish, maintain or resource education and training facilities in its functional area,
c) plan, provide, coordinate and review the provision of education and training, including education and training for the purpose of employment, and services ancillary thereto in its functional area in:
i. recognised schools or centres for education maintained by it,
ii. education or training facilities maintained or resourced by it,
iii. children detention schools,
iv. prisons, and
v. facilities maintained by other public service bodies,
d) enter into arrangements with, and provide support services to, education or training providers,
e) establish scholarships,
f) adopt a strategy statement,
g) adopt an annual service plan,
h) cooperate with anybody nominated to carry out internal audit functions,
i) provide education and training at the request of, and on behalf of, anybody which funds training out of money provided to that body by the Oireachtas,
j) support the provision, coordination, administration and assessment of youth work services in its functional area and provide such information as may be requested by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs in relation to such support, and
k) assess whether the manner in which it performs its functions is economical, efficient and effective.
Public Sector Duty
Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board is committed to its public sector duty as specified in the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission Act 2014. The authority is committed to eliminating discrimination, promoting equality of opportunity and treatment of staff and the persons to whom the organisation provides services, and protecting the human rights of board members, staff and the persons to whom the authority provides services. The Public Sector Duty is reflected in our core values.
- We commit to empower the community we serve through education and training.
- We commit to the highest standards of ethical behaviour integrity and accountability.
- We commit to achieving high quality in our work and to be working in a progressive, innovative and creative manner.
- We commit to focus on the student/learner in the design, delivery and evaluation of our programmes and services.
- We work in a spirit of partnership, mutual respect, openness and transparency.
- We commit to equality of opportunity and respect the rights, dignity and diversity of all our stakeholders.
- We recognise the important role of all our staff and are committed to a culture of continuous professional development.
The Organisation at a Glance
Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board delivers educational services to over 34,000 students and learners annually. The authority employs 2,500 staff. It has an average annual budget of €130 million across all its divisions and its capital programme will see an investment in excess of €90 million in the region over the next 4 years.
The authority has responsibility for: 18 post primary schools, 2 outdoor education centres, coordination of youth work provision in the region, 33 further education and training centres, 2 Music Generation programmes and works with community groups in approximately 300 locations throughout Limerick and Clare.
The work of Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board is structured across 3 pillars:
Organisation Support and Development, Schools and Further Education and Training, with the Director of each pillar reporting to the Chief Executive.