KCETB FET Service has formed solid working relationships with many statutory, non-statutory agencies and stakeholders at both local and national levels with a variety of employers, community and voluntary providers and community groups. In 2014, SOLAS published the Further Education and Training Strategy 2014 – 2019 setting out five strategic goals for ETBs:
- Skills for the Economy
- Active Inclusion
- Quality provision
- Integrated Planning and Funding
- Enhanced Standing of FET.
Kilkenny and Carlow ETB receive Further Education and Training funding from SOLAS to engage with learners to:
- Ensure that programmes and courses are learner-focussed
- Ensure that learners are equipped with the relevant knowledge so they can make informed choices about their participation in FET
- Ensure that all courses and programmes have easily-accessible progression options that provide for the needs of all learners.
Kilkenny and Carlow ETB also has memoranda of understanding with the DEASP, Local Enterprise Offices, Local Libraries (Local Government Management Agency) and is represented on a wide range of organisations such as Leader Groups / Local Community Development Committees, South East Action Plan for Jobs, South East Regional Skills Forum, County Childcare Committees, Family Resource Centres, Chambers of Commerce and Local Drugs Task Forces, all of whom collaborate to identify and address local employment and educational needs. Other provider relationships exist through the contracted training provision undertaken on behalf of the training services, and funding agreements with Community Training Centres, Local Training Initiatives and the National Learning Network.
KCETB FET provides both cooperation hours and community education tuition hours for a number of Community and Voluntary providers, to facilitate them to provide courses in the community and for their target learners. While some of these courses do not lead to accreditation, some community groups complete component awards at level 3 and / or 4. If the tutor is provided by KCETB, the group is covered by QA procedures; learners are submitted for certification through the Community Education / BTEI Service.