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What is an ETB?
The general functions of an Education and Training Board, stated under the Education and Training Boards Act 2013, are to: a) establish and maintain recognised schools, centres for education and education or training facilities in its functional area, b) when directed to do so by the Minister: i. establish and maintain recognised schools in its functional area, ii. establish and maintain centres for education in its functional area, iii. maintain centres for education or recognised schools in its functional area, and iv. establish, maintain or resource education or training facilities in its functional area, c) plan, provide, coordinate and review the provision of education and training, including education and training for the purpose of employment, and services ancillary thereto in its functional area in: i. recognised schools or centres for education maintained by it, ii. education or training facilities maintained or resourced by it, iii. children detention schools, iv. prisons, and v. facilities maintained by other public service bodies, d) enter into arrangements with, and provide support services to, education or training providers, e) establish scholarships, f) adopt a strategy statement, g) adopt an annual service plan, h) cooperate with anybody nominated to carry out internal audit functions, i) provide education and training at the request of, and on behalf of, anybody which funds training out of money provided to that body by the Oireachtas, j) support the provision, coordination, administration and assessment of youth work services in its functional area and provide such information as may be requested by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs in relation to such support, and k) assess whether the manner in which it performs its functions is economical, efficient and effective. ETBs are active in local communities through the direct provision of training and education programmes delivered in training centres, colleges and other training and educational settings. In this way, ETBs seek to make a real difference to the lives of the people they serve. Such responsiveness continues to be the hallmark of the education and training boards sector, looking outward nationally and internationally, while servicing education and training locally and individually.
In what way are the new ETBs related to SOLAS (ex FÁS)?
For a comprehensive explanation of the new landscape of Further Education and Training in Ireland, please click here (redirects to external website)
Is WWETB just a new name for the old VECs? (click here for the answer)?
Answer: Sort of. But there's more to it than that. For more information on how Waterford & Wexford Education Training Board came about, please click here
How Much is the Student Contribution?
The student contribution is €3,000 for the 2017/18 academic year.
What are the Income Limits?
Grant Applicants for the 2017/18 Academic Year will have their income assessed on the 2016 Tax Year. Summary of reckonable income limits for the 2017/18 academic year:
|Number of Dependent Children||Full Maintenance (100%) and Full Fees||Part Maintenance (75%) and Full Fees||Part Maintenance (50%) and Full Fees||Part Maintenance (25%) and Full Fees|
|Less than 4||€39,875||€40,970||€43,380||€45,790|
|4 – 7||€43,810||€45,025||€47,670||€50,325|
|8 or more||€47,575||€48,890||€51,760||€54,630|
What is the Special Rate of Maintenance Grant?
Some students may qualify for the additional Special Rate of Maintenance Grant - the full Student Grant Scheme for 2017 is available to view or download by clicking on the following link: Student Grant Scheme 2017. . The qualifying criteria for the Special Rate of Maintenance Grant are as follows:
- The applicant has to qualify for the ordinary grant;
- Total reckonable income limit in the tax year 2016 must not have exceeded €23,000 (net of standard exclusions as set out in Clause 1 of the Scheme);
- As at 31st December 2016 the source of income must have included one of the eligible payments listed in the Scheme - see Schedule 2 page 43 of the Student Grant Scheme 2017
|Grant||Standard Grant||Special Rate Grant||Total Grant|
|Non – Adjacent Rate||€3,025||€2,890||€5,915|
How Much Can I Expect to Receive?
Maintenance Grants Rates for all grantholders for 2017
|Non-Adjacent Rate*||Adjacent Rate|
|Part Maintenance (75%)||€2,270||€910|
|Part Maintenance (50%)||€1,515||€605|
|Part Maintenance (25%)||€755||€305|
How Do I Apply?
Renewal forms have been posted to students currently in receipt of a grant and who are expected to continue to the next year of their current course.
If you have not yet received your renewal form please contact us immediately by emailing email@example.com
Where do I Apply for my Grant?
Students who are currently in receipt of a student grant and who are expected to progress to the next year of the same course will continue to be assessed and paid by their existing awarding authority - Waterford & Wexford ETB. Renewal forms have been posted. If you have not received your renewal form please contact us immediately via email: firstname.lastname@example.org Students who are applying for the first time or who are changing or progressing to a new course will need to apply online to to a single awarding authority, Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) through http://susi.ie/ If you are not sure of where to send your application, please e-mail us with your course details and we will advise you: email@example.com