Applications invited for Boards of Education and Training Boards

Posted on 30 May 2019

The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. today (Thursday, 30 May) announced (see link to press release) a process for relevant bodies to apply to nominate suitably qualified and experienced persons to fill vacancies on the boards of local Education and Training Boards (ETBs).

As provided for under legislation, the Minister of Education and Skills can specify a number of bodies which, in his opinion, have a special interest in, or knowledge of, education and training. These bodies can then nominate suitable qualified persons for membership of an ETB board.

Five members of each ETB are appointed in this manner. Three of these members must be appointed from nominations by bodies representing the following groups:

  • Business, industry and employers
  • Learners
  • Management of or leadership in recognised schools.

Candidates for positions on ETB boards are to be appointed for a term similar to that of local authority members, normally around five years.

Expressions of interest received from bodies wishing to become a specified nominating body under the Act will be assessed. The Minister for Education and Skills will then specify a number of bodies he deems appropriate to nominate suitably qualified persons to fill vacancies on the boards of Educational Training Boards (ETBs).

The closing date for the receipt of applications is close of business Thursday 13 June 2019.

Any queries in relation to this process can be directed via email to

Download the application form