CMETB is involved in several collaborations with a variety of stakeholder groups. These include the following:
SOLAS is responsible for the funding of a wide range of FET programmes within the ETB sector and is therefore one of CMETB’s key stakeholders. CMETB submits an annual service plan to SOLAS, which includes performance targets, such as inputs, outputs, certification etc., and reports on these targets to SOLAS three times a year. In addition, CMETB reports to SOLAS on all associate financial matters. This joint planning process will be further integrated into the Strategic Dialogue System.
CMETB is a legacy provider for QQI, currently operating under four QA agreements. CMETB is actively working towards re-engagement with QQI. In addition to delivering QQI certification across 14 centres, CMETB has also worked closely with QQI in several working groups and pilot projects as well as engaging in a range of sectoral consultation processes.
Non QQI Awarding Bodies
CMETB has several agreements with non QQI Awarding Bodies such as City & Guilds, Edexcel, NEBOSH, Pearsons etc. In addition, it has a number of industry specific awards including CIDESCO, CIBTAC, ITEC, IAOT, ATI, CPA, IPA, Cisco and State Examinations Commission.
Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection
The DEASP works closely at a local level with CMETB centres and colleges and is the primary referral agency for courses run in CMETB training services. An interagency agreement between CMETB and the DEASP is in place to manage this relationship.
Contracted Training is a procured service to deliver training on behalf of the CMETB training centres. Successful contractors who win a tender may work with CMETB training centres for up to four years. When delivering training on behalf of a training centre, they do so under the training centre’s QA agreement.
Community Training Providers
Community Training provides training within the community for people who are economically or educationally disadvantaged. This is a granted service for programmes delivered on behalf of training centres; internal verification is undertaken by the provider, all results are reviewed by the training centre RAP, and all certificates are ordered through the centre.
Community Education refers to adult education and learning, generally outside the formal education sector, with the aim of enhancing learning, empowerment and contributing to civic society. The purpose of this scheme is to assist community and voluntary groups to deliver a range of educational activities for disadvantaged adults within their community.
Local Training Initiatives
Local Training Initiatives provide vocational training opportunities, learning supports and project-based learning to marginalised learners, aged 16-35 years with low-level education, who have been referred by the DEASP. The LTI’s are currently managed under CMETB Adult Education Services but QQI certification is obtained through Training Services QA System (TQAS system).
Specialist Training Providers
Specialist Training Providers, such as the National Learning Network, address the identified training needs of people with disabilities or impairments who are experiencing exclusion and labour market disadvantage.
CMETB has collaborative relationships with a range of employers in the two counties and have developed traineeships in association with Monaghan Mushrooms, Combilift and Abcon. Skills for Work programmes are delivered to local industry employees including manufacturing, hospitality and farming.
European FET projects/Peace projects
CMETB Adult Education are delivering Peace and PEIL programmes in both Cavan and Monaghan.