Donegal Education and Training Board (ETB) has launched a new website, www.donegaletb.ie, to mark its sixth birthday today, Monday 01 July 2019.
Donegal ETB came into existence on 01 July 2013, under the Education and Training Boards Act 2013. It had been in existence for the previous 108 years as Co Donegal Vocational Educational Committee (VEC). Twelve months later, the training function of SOLAS, formally FÁS, transferred to Donegal ETB.
The ETB is now the largest education and training provider in the county with over 26,500 students and learners completing education and training with it in 2018. It manages 15 out of the 27 post-primary schools in Co Donegal, Gartan Outdoor Education and Training Centre and Donegal Music Education Partnership and has legal responsibilities for youth work. It is also the largest provider of Further Education and Training (FET) in the county with over 11,000 learners completing courses with it in 2018.
Speaking about their new website, Donegal ETB Chief Executive Anne McHugh said, “We are delighted to be officially launching our new website on our sixth birthday. Donegal ETB’s vision is ‘excellence in the delivery of a quality, learner-centred education and training service’ and as the largest education provider in the county through our second level, FET, outdoor and music education provision, we strive to deliver the very best service to the communities of Co Donegal. Our new website will enable the general public to better understand who we are and what we do.”
The website contains a number of explainer videos to support a better understanding of its work, including one to explain the whole organisation, which can be viewed here.
Donegal ETB’s Adult Education Officer Charles Gorney, who chairs the website working group said, “It’s fantastic to see our new website officially launched. We recognised that the creation of a brand new organisation, Donegal ETB, required the creation of a brand new website, not the updating of an old one. A huge amount of work has gone into developing a completely new website to reflect the wider role that Donegal ETB now plays in the development of the county and its people. We would particularly like to thank two local companies, Manna Design and Digital Creatures, for supporting us on this journey over the last two years.”
Donegal ETB’s mission is ‘to promote, provide and support accessible and inclusive education and training which enables young people and adults to empower themselves to reach their full potential in a safe and caring environment’. It hopes its new website will go a considerable way towards helping the young people and adults of Co Donegal to reach their best potential.
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