SOLAS is responsible for the funding of a wide range of FET programmes within the 16 ETBs; as such, it is one of DDLETB’s key stakeholders. DDLETB 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, DDLETB submits financial reports to SOLAS.
SOLAS has statutory responsibility for craft apprenticeships (as coordinating provider), of which DDLETB delivers a number in Phase 2 (see Section 9.1 below). A Memorandum of Understanding between DDLETB and SOLAS is in place with respect to the Craft Apprenticeships, in addition to a range of systems and procedures to ensure the successful delivery of these programmes.
DDLETB is a legacy provider for QQI, currently operating under four QA agreements, and working towards re-engagement with QQI. In addition to delivering QQI certification across 41 centres, in which learners achieved over 14,000 awards in 2016, DDLETB engages closely with QQI in a number of projects and engages in a range of sectoral consultation processes.
Department of Social Protection
The DSP works closely at a local level with DDLETB centres and colleges and is the primary referral agency for courses run in the training centres. An interagency agreement between DDLETB, CDETB and the DSP is in place to manage this relationship.
Contracted training is a procured service to deliver training on behalf of the ETB training centres. Successful contractors who win a tender may work with DDLETB 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. Training is provided across the four different programme types outlined below:
Community Training Centres
Community Training Centres provide second chance education and training for early school leavers, aged 16–21 years.
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 DSP.
Specialist Training Providers
Specialist Training Providers, such as the National Learning Network, address the identified training needs of people with disabilities who are experiencing exclusion and labour market disadvantage.
Justice Workshops provide opportunities for people who have been referred by the Probation Service, to engage in programmes of education and training, and thus reduce the risk of re-offending.
Other Community Education Providers
The Community Education strand of the Adult Education Service maintains a large network of relationships with community development groups and other community providers, through which the AES delivers a wide range of courses, both certified and uncertified. Responsibility for these programmes lies with the Community Education Facilitator, who reports to the Adult Education Officer. Certified courses are, for the most part, included in the IV/EA/RAP processes of the local AES centres.