Collaboration with Partners, Other Bodies and Other Awarding Bodies

In order to extend its education and training provision GRETB engages with ETB partners and other bodies. Collaborations are approved at FET Steering Group meetings. GRETB’s collaborations include:


GRETB is actively collaborating with other ETBs in the development of new apprenticeship programmes. Click here for more information.

o   The new Commis Chef Apprenticeship programme was developed in collaboration with Kerry ETB and is currently being delivered by GMIT on behalf of GRETB. As Kerry ETB had the lead in the development of this apprenticeship GRETB adhered to Kerry ETB’s quality assurance policies and procedures for programme development. This arrangement is underpinned by a ‘Memorandum of Agreement for the Delivery of National Commis Chef Apprenticeship Programme between Kerry Education and Training Board and Galway and Roscommon Education and Training Board’. There is a separate ‘Memorandum of Understanding between Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology and Galway and Roscommon Education and Training Board’ with regard to running the programme.

o   A new Arborist Apprenticeship is currently in development and GRETB is the lead partner for this project. Therefore the other partners will adhere to GRETB’s programme development policies and procedures.

o   A Hairdressing Apprenticeship is also in development with LCETB as the lead partner. GRETB will adhere to LCETB’s programme development policies and procedures.

o   Apprenticeships in collaboration with IATI and Microsoft are also in development. GRETB will deliver these apprenticeships.

o   GRETB is planning to deliver the Network Engineer Apprenticeship programme, starting in July 2018. This is the first Network Engineer Apprenticeship to be run outside of Dublin.

o   We have expressed an interest to become collaborating providers with Mayo, Sligo, Leitrim ETB on the Level 5 Craft Butcher Apprenticeship upon QQI approval.

Sub-contracted training:

GRETB sub-contracts training provision through second providers such as contracted training providers, community training providers, local training initiatives, Department of Justice workshops, specialist training providers. Through our quality assurance systems and processes, we work in partnership with both external and second providers. Second provider training/Contracted Training is provided by a 4 year closed Framework Agreement which came into existence in early 2018. The process has created individual frameworks and is the responsibility of the individual ETB. The OGP administered the procurement process on behalf of the ETBs.

Higher Education:

GRETB has developed strong links with the Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development at NUI Galway e.g. following on from the findings for GRETB in the SOLAS Skills Audit and the roll-out of our TEL Strategy a number of teaching staff successfully completed a 10 credit Level 8 VLE course at the Centre. Participation on the course was fully supported by GRETB under its CPD Policy.


The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) and the Quarrying Skills Certification Scheme (QSCS) Programmes are owned by SOLAS and delivered nationally by private Approved Training Organisations (2nd providers) on behalf of SOLAS. GRETB’s Training Centre has retained work relating to processes under TQAS Section 6 (Fair and consistent assessment of learners) on behalf of SOLAS for programmes delivered/assessed in Galway and Roscommon.

E+ programmes:

GRETB values and supports the learning gained from participation in Erasmus+ programmes. Click here for more information.


Galway Technical Institute (GTI) was one of the first PLC colleges in Ireland to be awarded the Erasmus+ Mobility Charter by Léargas. This Charter recognised the operational capacity of GTI to plan, manage and implement high quality mobility projects for learners and staff. Studies show that a period spent abroad not only enriches students’ lives in the academic field but also in the acquisition of intercultural skills and self-reliance. Staff exchanges have similar beneficial effects, both for the people participating and for the home and host institutions.

GTI has established work placements links with a number of partner colleges in Europe including Finland, Italy, France, Portugal, Poland, Turkey, Spain and UK. These work placements offer our students a wonderful opportunity to develop their cultural and educational expertise while also completing a work placement in their vocational area. It is a unique learning experience for GTI learners and one they embrace fully as it allows them to develop skills and knowledge they may use in the future. GTI has participated in the following E+ programmes:

KA1 – Student and Staff Mobility

Portugal, Spain, Poland, Finland, UK, Denmark, Turkey, France, Sweden

KA2 – Teaching Improvement Partnership Project

UK, Czech Republic, Portugal & Turkey & Ireland (Ireland, i.e. GTI, is the lead country for this programme)

 KA2 – Migration Integration Needs Development

Germany, Hungary, Italy, Cyprus, Sweden & Ireland

KA2 – School Improvement Partnership

Finland, UK, Czech Republic, Spain & Ireland

KA2 – Erasmus for Security

Finland, Netherlands, UK & Ireland


Italy, Spain, Germany, Turkey & Ireland


UK, Czech Republic, Greece & Ireland