Organisation

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Cork Education and Training Board (hereinafter referred to as Cork ETB) 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 plans, provides, supports and co-ordinates education, training and youth services in Cork which are recognised internationally as a model of excellence.

Cork ETB is a driving force of education and training in Cork, providing high quality services which are innovative, responsive and inclusive. Through Cork ETB there is a pathway for every learner.

Cork ETB’s target clients are learners in our schools, colleges, training centres and community settings, applicants under the various learner support schemes administered directly by Cork ETB, Youth Service Providers, Community Education and Training Groups, Voluntary Community Organisations and Communities throughout the City and County.

Vision, Mission & Values

Cork ETB ‘s vision and mission of the organisation were developed through a consultative process with staff and stakeholders. Cork ETB’s strategic plan is underpinned by the guiding principles and values that have been identified by staff and stakeholders as being an integral part of what it means to be a part of Cork ETB and, also what Cork ETB stands for. Cork ETB is a driving force of education and training in Cork, providing high quality services which are innovative, responsive and inclusive. Through Cork ETB there is a pathway for every learner.

Board Members

In accordance with the provisions of the Education and Training Boards Act, on July 1 2013, County Cork and City of Cork Vocational Education Committees ceased to exist and was aggregated into a new body, the Cork Education and Training Board.

The new ETBs will include 21 members comprising 12 local authority nominees, 2 staff nominees, 2 parents’ nominees and 5 members from bodies representing community/business interests. One community/business interest nominee must be drawn from business, industry and employers; one must be drawn from learners’ representative bodies and one must be representative of bodies connected to school management or leadership.

Procurement

The procurement section has responsibility for administering centralised procurement within the Board and the section lies within the Capital Building Projects and Procurement Department. However, all Principals and Centre Managers within Cork ETB are responsible for their local budgets and therefore are responsible for procuring services and supplies for their school/college or centre in line with Cork ETB procurement procedures. The Capital Buildings Department is responsible for areas such as the building of new schools, extensions, Summer Works Scheme, Emergency Works Scheme, Minor Building Works and Sustainability Energy. ​

Corporate Governance

The Code of Practice for the Governance of Education and Training Boards states that Corporate Governance comprises the systems and procedures by which organisations are directed and controlled. Education and Training Boards should serve the interests of Government as shareholder, the taxpayer, and all other stakeholders and pursue value for money in their endeavours, including managing risk appropriately.

Customer Care

Cork Education and Training Board (CETB) and its staff is committed to providing a high-quality service, in an efficient and courteous manner to all our customers, in accordance with the 12 Principles of Quality Customer Service for customers and clients of the Public Service. Quality customer service is identified as a core competency for staff. We aim to provide high quality services to customers as stated in our Customer Charter and to continually improve the standard of the service we provide.