ETBs are statutory authorities which have responsibility for education and training, youth work and a range of other statutory functions. ETBs manage and operate second-level schools, further education colleges, and a range of adult and further education centres delivering education and training programmes.
Establishment of LWETB
Longford and Westmeath ETB came about from the amalgamation of Co. Longford VEC and Co. Westmeath VEC on 1st July 2013. The Athlone Training Centre (formerly under the auspices of FÁS) transferred to LWETB in 2014.
Roles, Responsibilities and Functions
The general functions of an Education and Training Board, stated under the Education and Training Boards Act 2013, are to:
a) establish and maintain recognised schools, centres for education and education or training facilities in its functional area,
b) when directed to do so by the Minister:
i. establish and maintain recognised schools in its functional area,
ii. establish and maintain centres for education in its functional area,
iii. maintain centres for education or recognised schools in its functional area, and
iv. establish, maintain or resource education or training facilities in its functional area,
c) plan, provide, coordinate and review the provision of education and training, including education and training for the purpose of employment, and services ancillary thereto in its functional area in:
i. recognised schools or centres for education maintained by it,
ii. education or training facilities maintained or resourced by it,
iii. children detention schools,
iv. prisons, and
v. facilities maintained by other public service bodies,
d) enter into arrangements with, and provide support services to, education or training providers,
e) establish scholarships,
f) adopt a strategy statement,
g) adopt an annual service plan,
h) cooperate with anybody nominated to carry out internal audit functions,
i) provide education and training at the request of, and on behalf of, anybody which funds training out of money provided to that body by the Oireachtas,
j) support the provision, coordination, administration and assessment of youth work services in its functional area and provide such information as may be requested by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs in relation to such support, and
k) assess whether the manner in which it performs its functions is economical, efficient and effective.
ETBs are active in local communities through the direct provision of training and education programmes delivered in training centres, colleges and other training and educational settings. In this way, ETBs seek to make a real difference to the lives of the people they serve.
Such responsiveness continues to be the hallmark of the education and training boards sector, looking outward nationally and internationally, while servicing education and training locally and individually.
LWETB holds a wide variety of records in hard (paper) copy and soft (electronic). Some of the principal categories are:
- Student files
- Staff records
- Financial records
- Details of payments made to students
- Details of salary payments made to staff
- Minutes of meetings of Boards and Committees
The Education and Training Boards Act 2013 sets out the general functions of the ETB, while the Code of Practice for the Governance of Education and Training Boards provides a framework for the application of best practice in corporate governance in ETBs.
Our Organisational Chart sets out how the various functional areas of LWETB relate to each other. And here is a list of our Board members. Details of the Boards of Management membership of each school can be accessed by clicking on Schools and selecting the school in question.
LWETB Pay/Grading Structures
Payment of ETB staff is governed by Circular Letter of the Department of Education and Skills. Details of the scales that apply for new staff are listed below. Staff that joined the ETB in the past may be on a different scale however, so if you have a particular query not covered by these, please contact our Payroll section on 044 9348389.
Non-teachers: revision from 1st January 2010 (CL 10/2010)
Teachers: revision from 1st January 2010 (CL 4/2010)
Teachers: revision from 1st January 2016 (CL 66/2015)
Here is a list of non-teaching staff positions, and the number of staff in those positions.
And here are details of our current teaching staff allocation.
Locations and contact details
Please hover over the ‘Contact’ heading at the top right of this page for a drop-down menu of links to our office locations, schools, further education and training centres and Athlone Training Centre.
Details of Service Level Agreements/Memoranda of Understanding
LWETB provides grant funding to a range of different groups. The terms and conditions of this support are set out in a document called a Service Level Agreement (SLA).
Details of such funding over €10,000 per annum will be published here in July 2016, starting with Q2 (Apr-Jun 2016).
Codes of Practice and other Guidelines/Policies
Up-to-date versions of all such codes and policies can be found here.