Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board is the state education and training authority for the Limerick and Clare region. The authority’s Further Education and Training (FET) Division delivers further education and training courses to over 25,000 learners each year at over 300 locations in Limerick and Clare.
Supporting Education & Training
Our range of further education and training options include hundreds of courses, pathways to apprenticeships and traineeships. Courses are available with full-time, part-time, online and evening options, and our FET Centres are equipped with state of the art facilities.
Our courses, many of them free, cater for learners who want to enhance their opportunity for employment, progress to further studies, develop a new skill/hobby and or become more involved in their communities.
We continually strive to expand and enhance delivery. In 2018, Core Skills in Clare set out to expand our Culture and Tourism provision and a new heritage course emerged. The success of this particular course is ongoing as it travels all over the county.
Reading Your Local Landscape
It all began when Core Skills in East Clare, secured the innovative pilot programme: Reading Your Local Landscape for Scariff in spring 2018. Run in partnership with Clare County Councils’ Heritage Officer, with support from Creative Ireland funding, the course was designed and delivered by Heritage Consultant, Zena Hoctor. The course aims to empower local community members to recognise, discover, promote and conserve their unique local heritage resources. Concluding with a very successful showcase to the local community in June the outcomes included significant finds made, trails created, books and guides produced with all learners either continuing to learn within FET, HET or developing proposals for community or self-employment.
Marking the European Year of Cultural Heritage
Building on the success of the Scariff pilot, the programme was brought to Miltown Malbay in the autumn and showcased in Spanish Point in December. Once more, the outcomes were equally as positive as those from East Clare and both projects proudly marked 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage.
In 2019 the course made its way to Kilrush, commencing there in March and showcasing at the FET Centre, Kilrush Campus in June. Here again, the message came across loud and clear that the ability to read and make a connection with one’s landscape creates a sense of belonging, which contributes to individual and community wellbeing while fostering a motivation to learn more.
On the road again and Reading the Landscape returned to Killaloe in East Clare in September 2019. Again hugely interesting projects have evolved which learners are currently preparing to showcase at the Lakeside Hotel, Killaloe on the 18th February.
Working in collaboration: the Irish Community Archive Network
Since June 2019, the National Museum of Ireland is working with Clare County Council to extend their Irish Community Archive Network (iCAN) programme to Clare and a portal has been created to showcase Reading Your Local Landscape findings within Clare’s community archive website.
Clare Culture & Creativity
Being hosted as part of Clare Culture & Creativity Strategy 2018-2022 and the Clare Heritage Plan 2017-2023 two further courses are planned for Kilkishen Cultural Centre and the Burren Outdoor Education and Training Centre in February 2020.