Further Education and Training


Further Education and Training – CREATING YOUR FUTURE

Further Education and Training offers dynamic, inclusive, responsive opportunities and pathways for every individual.  FET empowers and supports individuals and communities to develop and progress in an ever-changing environment.  Here in GRETB we listen, learn and communicate with our partners to ensure that our suite of programmes is responding to the needs of individuals, communities and industries.

In the year ahead in order to remain responsive and dynamic we will focus on 4 key priorities – Employer Engagement, Technology Enhanced Learning, Quality Assurance and Continuous Professional Development.

GRETB’s FET Team will be working closely with all our stakeholders to create new and exciting programmes including Apprenticeships and Traineeships in a wide range of subject areas.

At GRETB all of our strategic planning, policy development and implementation is guided by the core principles of the organisation. These are:

Leadership – Actively leading in the provision of education and training in the region and influencing the future direction of the sector.

Inclusivity – Openness, respectful and inclusive in the treatment of our learners, stakeholders and staff. A culture where diversity is welcomed and valued.

Collaboration – Strong, mutually beneficial partnerships and teamwork, facilitating the sharing of knowledge, ideas, expertise and skills.

Innovation – Creative and innovative thinking by encouraging new ideas, trying out different approaches and responding to change.

Accountability – Responsible decision-making, open, honest and transparent in all activities.

GRETB’s further education and training centres are wide-reaching across the counties of Galway and Roscommon with over 14,000 learners taking part in programmes both full and part-time. Eight hundred FET staff members manage and deliver education and training courses through Apprenticeships, Traineeships, PLC Colleges, VTOS centres, Training centres, Back to Education Initiatives, Community Education, Basic Adult Education, Youthreach, Castlerea Prison, Local Training Initiatives, Community Training Centres, ESOL and Refugee Resettlement Programmes.  Co-operation hours with partner services such as Justice Centres, and services for people with physical and intellectual disabilities.

GRETB’s five-year strategic plan arises from a wider reform programme currently underway in Ireland’s further education and training sector. In order to implement change at a local level, GRETB is tasked with providing services that are quality assured and meet the needs of a changing economic environment.  GRETB’s strategic plan has been informed by a number of national strategies including, Action Plan for Education 2016-2019; Ireland’s National Skills Strategy 2025; Action Plan for Jobs (West Region) 2015-2017 and the Regional Labour Markets Bulletin.

The most influential of all recent strategies for the FET sector is the Further Education & Training Strategy 2014-2019. Galway and Roscommon ETB’s Strategy Statement 2017-2021 Empowering People for Life was published in early 2017.  These strategies form the basis of all our deliberations and actions in the Further Education and Training Department.


Looking forward to working with you all in Creating Your Future here in GRETB

Eithne Nic Dhonnchadha

Director of Further Education and Training