The range of supports that are available to a learner may vary from centre to centre, depending on the resources and facilities that are available.

Learners can enquire in their own centre as to what resources are available.

The Education and Training Board of Ireland (ETBI) in collaboration with the Directors of Further Education and Training Forum (DFET) undertook small scale research in January 2021, aimed at identifying the Education and Training Board (ETB) services that are currently available to Further Education and Training (FET) learners.  

Fourteen (14) ETBs participated in this research:

  1. Cavan & Monaghan Education & Training Board (CMETB)
  2. Cork Education & Training Board (CETB)
  3. City of Dublin Education & Training Board (CDETB)
  4. Donegal Education & Training Board (DETB)
  5. Dublin & Dun Laoghaire Education & Training Board (DDLETB)
  6. Galway & Roscommon Education & Training Board (GRETB)
  7. Kerry Education & Training Board (KETB)
  8. Kildare & Wicklow Education & Training Board (KWETB)
  9. Kilkenny & Carlow Education & Training Board (KCETB)
  10. Limerick & Clare Education & Training Board (LCETB)
  11. Longford & Westmeath Education & Training Board (LWETB)
  12. Louth & Meath Education & Training Board (LMETB)
  13. Tipperary Education & Training Board (TETB)
  14. Waterford & Wexford Education & Training Board (WWETB)

In order to examine the areas that may need extra funding in future, it was imperative to establish the services and supports that are currently available to learners in ETBs. Once all results have been collated, the report will be available here.

Example of learner supports include:

  • Adult Guidance Information Service
  • Career Guidance for PLC
  • 1-2-1 Literacy and Numeracy support
  • ICT Device Schemes
  • Induction
  • Family Literacy Programmes
  • Psychological supports for CCT/ Youthreach
  • Language Supports
  • CV Preparation and Interview Preparation
  • Technology Enhanced Learning
  • Satisfaction surveys
  • ESOL provision for parents
  • Adult Education Counselling Service
  • Grant Application Supports
  • Disability Supports
  • Learner Forums
  • Work Experience link person
  • Online Wellbeing Supports
  • Learner equality and intercultural activities
  • RPL Mentoring
  • ESOL provision for learners affected by homelessness, addiction, in prison and in the workplace
  • Open Learning Centres
  • Library
  • Study Centres
  • Needs Assessments
  • Student Development Days
  • Accommodation Assistance
  • Other – Write In
  • Vocational Mentoring and Coaching
  • Psychological Assessments
  • Childcare Supports
  • Hardship Fund