Education and Training Board
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. 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.
Education and Training Boards Ireland (ETBI) is the national representative association for the sixteen Education and Training Boards.
Number and constitutionEdit
There are 16 ETBS, replacing 33 VECs. On formation the existing VEC members became members of the replacement boards.
Each board has 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".
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- "Education and Training Boards replace VECs to save €2m a year". Irish Examiner. 1 July 2013. Retrieved 2 July 2013.
- "Education and Training Boards replace VECs". Department of Education and Skills. 1 July 2013. Retrieved 3 July 2013.