ETBI represents Ireland’s sixteen Education and Training Boards and promotes the interests of ETBs. On behalf of government agencies ETBI promotes the development and implementation of appropriate education and training policy for the Education and Training Boards sector.
ETBI is a central resource for the ETB sector, providing, procuring, and coordinating a range of support services which are most appropriately and efficiently delivered at national level. It is a shared repository of best practice providing research, development, and specialist expertise for the sector. ETBI provides a range of coordinated services that include:
- Staff negotiations and staff development
- Management services required by ETBs in the performance of their executive and reserved functions
- Specialised supports to assist ETBs in promoting equality of opportunity in education and training, and in responding to the needs of disadvantaged communities
- Services as required by the Minister for Education and Skills
ETBI fulfils its role by using the expertise of its professional staff, and by harnessing the expertise that exists within ETBs. It also promotes effective working partnerships among ETBs, the Department of Education, Department of Further and Higher Education, SOLAS and other external bodies.