First Further Education & Training (FET) Service Student Voice Forum to Take Place Next Month

Donegal ETB’s Further Education and Training (FET) Service will host its first ever independent Student Voice Forum next month.

The purpose of the Forum is to collect feedback from FET students on the effectiveness of Donegal’s Further Education and Training provision to ensure that it is responsive to student needs.

Donegal ETB’s FET Service aims to empower students by providing appropriate ways of listening to their concerns, interests and needs in order to develop a suitable and proactive educational experience. Student views are essential to the development of policy and planning and for improving the quality of the FET Service.

The event will take place on 11 February from 9.30am-2.30pm. One hundred students from across various full-time and part-time FET programmes and courses offered by Donegal ETB have been invited to attend.

The event will open with a welcome speech from the FET Director, Cróna Gallagher, followed by guest speakers. Students will participate in a variety of activities to capture their thoughts, ideas and experiences of their educational journey with Donegal ETB.

Speaking in advance of the event, Donegal ETB’s FET Quality Assurance Coordinator Joanne Whitelock said, “We are delighted to have this opportunity to meet with students from across the FET service to capture their views and opinions of their learning journey with us. We look forward to hearing what they have to say and to working with our students and colleagues in shaping future learning opportunities.”

Many of Donegal ETB’s Further Education and Training courses are co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014-2020, with additional funding from the Youth Employment Initiative for Youthreach.