GRETB awarded half a million in further education funding

Galway Daily news GRETB awarded €190,000 for facilities upgrades

Galway & Roscommon Education and Training Board will be receiving half a million in capital funding for further education projects.

Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris has this week announced a total of €8 million in funding in further education capital grants for the 16 ETBs in Ireland.

The GRETB is one of five in the second allocation group, with a maximum funding available of €507,500 each.

The devolved capital grant will give ETBs the discretion to make decisions around small-scale further education and training (FET) investment priorities at a local level.

The funding can be used for small scale works including necessary infrastructure and improvement works, and for the purchase of equipment

Minister Harris said, “The devolved capital grant allows ETBs to address a range of small-scale capital needs across their FET estates, including minor works and procurement of equipment.”

“This funding is an essential part of the overall funding framework to support ETBs in the delivery of FET.”

“Crucially, the fund is at the discretion of the ETB meaning it can address its priorities at a local level for delivery,” Simon Harris said.

Using this grant, ETBs will be able to carry out work such as upgrades to computer labs and science labs, replacement of apprenticeship equipment, roof works and planned improvement works of FET buildings.

The funding will be distributed through the state agency SOLAS, which oversees the further education and training sector.