Education and Training Boards Ireland (ETBI) is the national representative body established to collectively represent the 16 Education and Training Boards (ETBs) and promote their interests; it is recognised by the Minister for this purpose under the Education and Training Boards Act 2013.
ETBI comprises: the staff of ETBI; the ETBI Chief Executives; Directors of Further Education and Training; Directors of Schools; Directors of Organisation, Support and Development Forums; and the respective networks and groups associated with these forums.
ETBI’s mission is to lead and advance the continued development of education, training and youth work in Ireland. Our strategy expresses a strong statement of intent expressing a clear ambition for the ETB sector to have a transformative impact on the lives of people, communities and enterprises through education, training and youth work, and sets six high-level goals under the three strategic pillars of people, partnership and potential.
At the core of these strategic pillars are ETBI’s core values of excellence, care, equality, community and respect. These values ensure that we not only deliver quality in terms of learning, but we also provide a more holistic model that considers the experiences and expectations of those involved.
In focusing on care, we are committed to the wellbeing of those taking part in education and training, while also celebrating diversity and prioritising a culture of inclusion. Our community outlook allows us to embrace the needs of multiple stakeholders, enabling impactful collaborations and positive societal contributions.
Finally, our commitment to upholding dignity and rights and our recognition of the identity and background of all those involved in education, training and youth work are exemplified in relationships among all stakeholders and decision-making that positively impacts the rights, feelings and aspirations of a diverse range of people.