KCETB Kilkenny and Carlow Education and Training Board
Rialtas na hEireann Government of Ireland
Rialtas na hEireann Government of Ireland
Co-Funded by the European Union

Further Education and Training

I am looking for a course

KCETB's Further Education and Training (FET) provides opportunities for learners across Kilkenny and Carlow in a wide variety of courses. Learners are supported in choosing the right course and in their educational journey with us.

I am an employer

KCETB works with employers across Kilkenny and Carlow in organising and facilitating staff training. All training is tailored to meet industry needs and is QQI Levels 1-6 accredited.

I am looking for an apprenticeship

An apprenticeship provides the opportunity to "earn while you learn" across a broad range of careers. Learning takes place both on the job and in a college setting while the learner continues to be paid throughout.

I am a community and voluntary group

KCETB’s community education service supports the delivery of a broad range of education programmes in partnership with community providers/groups.

Quality Assurance

The KCETB FET Service is committed to creating and maintaining a culture of quality, assuring that all learners participating on programmes of further education and training benefit from a quality assured experience.

FET Learner Pathways

KCETB’s FET service is responsible for the management and operation of 17 QQI registered centres across 13 FET hubs and 30 community-based outreach locations across Kilkenny and Carlow. The FET service supports some 8,000 learners annually and offers a range of funded full and part-time learning opportunities and supports. Several FET locations throughout Kilkenny and Carlow are part of a community of learners and are exciting places to start or progress your education and training. FET can put you on a pathway to anywhere you want to go –  in education, in work and in life.

KCETB’s FET service offers a range of nationally and internationally accredited courses that offer valuable opportunities to move into exciting and interesting vocations and careers, or which provide a platform to develop the skills to flourish in higher education. KCETB’s FET centres have progression agreements with a number of third-level institutions, with clear links between the further education and training course and your chosen third-level course. There is clear evidence that learners who have completed a FET course gain valuable academic, social and personal skills, which support their transition to, engagement with and retention in third-level education.

FET courses are offered from Levels 1 to 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ). A key feature of FET courses is the focus on vocational learning and skills development. They also present opportunities for work experience, work practice and/or work-based learning. 

Learner stories / testimonials

Hairdressing course learner

Childcare course learner

Commis Chef course learner

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