About Us

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 Overview of Services

Kilkenny and Carlow ETB is a local education authority, established on the 1st July 2013. The 33 Vocational Education Committees (VECs) were dissolved and replaced by 16 Education and Training Boards (ETBs). The Kilkenny and Carlow ETB is governed under Education and Training Boards Act 2013.


 Our Mission

Kilkenny and Carlow Education and Training Board enables learners to achieve their full potential and contributes to the social, cultural and economic development of our area and of the country.


 Our Vision

Our ambition for the future is to:

Lead the development of education and training opportunities throughout our two counties by engaging with learners and communities, creating positive learning environments and experiences for people at all stages of lifelong learning, and contributing to social and economic development.

In everything we do, we aim to be “the education and training service that others use as a benchmark of excellence.


 Our Values

We value learning and recognise its role in the development, cohesion and wellbeing of society.  Everything we do is guided by serving the best interests of learners.

We aim for excellence and are committed to continuous improvement throughout our organisation.  We value relationships and working in collaboration within the education and training sector and with the wider community.

As a public service organisation, KCETB has a culture of accountability, integrity, fairness, openness and respect.

We adopt high standards of professionalism, honesty, objectivity and quality, which are central to serving all learners.  We embrace diversity and we are open to new ideas.


We provide a comprehensive range of quality education programmes and supports designed to meet the needs of young people and adults throughout the counties of Kilkenny and Carlow . Over the years it has developed a range of educational provision to meet the diverse and ever changing demands of learners. Today Kilkenny and Carlow ETB runs thirteen second level schools , an extensive adult education service and a range of post-leaving certificate courses. It is involved in many partnership activities at local level and provides a range of educational supports to enhance the quality of its education programmes.

Kilkenny and Carlow ETB supports young people and adult learners through its four main areas of activity:


Second Level Education Adult Education Service
Abbey Community College, Ferrybank
Borris Vocational School
Coláiste Aindriú, Bagenalstown
Coláiste Cois Siúire, Mooncoin
Carlow Vocational School and
Institute of Further Education
Coláiste Eoin, Hacketstown
Coláiste Mhuire, Johnstown
Coláiste Pobail Osraí, Kilkenny
Duiske College, Graignamanagh
Gaelcholáiste Cheatharlach
Grennan College, Thomastown
Kilkenny City Vocational School
Ormonde College of Further Education, Kilkenny
Scoil Aireagail, Ballyhale
Tyndall College Carlow
Adult Education Guidance Service
Adult Literacy Scheme
Back to Education Initiative(BTEI)
Community Education
Co-operation Activities
Evening Courses/Part-time Courses
Interagency Projects
Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme(VTOS)
Youth Work Activities
Training Services
Educational Partnership Initiatives


Partnership Activities Educational Support Services
in association with
County Development Boards
County Childcare Committees
Leader Programmes
Recreation and Sports Partnerships
Local Drugs Task Groups
School Completion Programmes
Social Inclusion Measures Group
Buildings Development Programme
Budgetary and Financial Management
Corporate Services
Customer Services
Health and Safety
Recruitment and Human Resource Services