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Cork Education and Training Board was established under the Education and Training Boards Act, 2013 and is responsible and accountable for the proper direction and control of its functions in the Cork City and Cork County Councils’ local authority areas. Cork ETB is the only statutory body in Cork with the responsibility to provide education and training across a broad range of services.

Establishment of Education and Training Boards (ETBs)

Arising from the commencement of the Education and Training Boards Act, 16 Education and Training Boards (ETBs) were established on 1st July 2013. Upon establishment, the ETBs had responsibility for the delivery of primary, post primary and further education in line with their predecessor VECs. The Education and Training Boards Act 2013 was passed in May 2013. The Act provides for the dissolution of Vocational Education Committees (VECs) and for the establishment of the 16 Education and Training Boards (ETBs) through a process involving the merger of some of the 33 existing VECs. Following the amalgamation of former County and City of Cork VECs, the Cork Education and Training Board (CETB) was established.

Establishment of SOLAS

The Further Education and Training Act 2013 was signed into law in July 2013. The Act provides for the establishment of SOLAS and the dissolution of FÁS. The legislation also provides for the gradual transfer of FÁS training centres and training staff to the newly formed Education and Training Boards. The Cork Training Centre located in Rossa Avenue, Bishopstown is now under the remit of Cork Education and Training Board (CETB). SOLAS was established on 27 October 2013, bringing about the dissolution of FÁS. SOLAS will work with the ETBs to support the development of appropriate further education and training programmes and curricula and the sourcing of further education and training interventions from the private, public and not for profit sector.

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