A major new training facility costing over €5 million has been purchased for Galway Roscommon ETB (GRETB).
The Cambridge Building, in Mervue Business Park in Galway City extends to a gross external area of over 36,700 sq ft, and will almost double the number of spaces available for apprentices in training workshops and classrooms.
The building is adjacent to the current GRETB Training Centre and FET Headquarters in the city and the facility will provide new craft workshops for Electrical, Plumbing, Carpentry and Joinery, Metal Fabrication and Pipefitting.
There will also be associated classrooms and flexibility to deliver more FET fulltime/part-time programs in the future and the apprenticeship workshops can be converted into other trades as required.
This will lead to an increase in training capacity from the current level of 216 apprentices per year to over 400 apprentices per year, with potential to increase to over 600 apprentices per year.
David Leahy, Chief Executive of Galway and Roscommon ETB, said that the acquisition of this additional space is an important strategic development for GRETB in Galway City in particular.
“It allows us to respond to the growing demand for further education and training, including apprenticeships, in the region,” he said.
“We can continue to develop important synergies with our existing FET centres in the city, creating opportunities for learners to progress their further education and training journey with GRETB across our full-time and part-time services.
“Access to a FET College of the Future in the Galway and Roscommon region is central to the strategic vision for the FET department in GRETB. This brings us another step closer to realising that vision.”