Published on December 11th, 2022 | by Mark Dwyer0
Funding for National Centre of Excellence for Aviation in Shannon
Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board has announced an investment in the region of over €1 billion as part of the launch of its new 5-year strategy. Setting out its vision to enhance the quality of learning and life in the region, Strategy Statement 2022 – 2026 outlines the role the ETB will play over the 5 years of the plan. This includes fulfilling the personal, social, economic and employability needs of the community it serves. The launch took place at Shannon Airport and was attended by the ETB Senior Management Team, ETB staff and invited guests, including Minister of State for Skills and Further Education, Niall Collins TD, and other public representatives.
Speaking at the launch, George O’Callaghan, Chief Executive, highlighted the role of the ETB with the investment, including rebuilding communities, workforces and the economy as we emerge from the pandemic: “The ETB’s investment in the region over the 5 years of this plan will be in excess of 1 billion euro, comprising of an annual operating budget of over 170 million euro and an investment programme in excess of 150 million euro in new schools and Further Education and Training campuses.”
With the launch taking place in Shannon, he also announced a significant investment in the area: “Part of the investment programme will be the development of a multi-million euro new College of Further Education and Training campus here in Shannon, incorporating a National Centre of Excellence for Aviation. Building on a vocational training commitment in Shannon that dates back over 50 years, the new campus will continue to progress highly successful links with our aviation partners both in the region and nationally. Our aircraft engine apprenticeship will also be expanded to include a helicopter engine apprenticeship.” He concluded by saying: “I would like to take the opportunity to acknowledge the support of the Department of Education, the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, as well as SOLAS who will be providing the funding for this major investment.”