Role of the County Roscommon Vocational Education Committee
Co. Roscommon Vocational Educational Committee is responsible for the delivery of Post-Primary Education up to Leaving Certificate standard and Post-Leaving Certificate courses certified by the Further Education & Training Awards Council (F.E.T.A.C.) in its second-level schools.
Other areas of responsibility include…
Adult and Continuing Education
Adult education is an integrated part of all Co. Roscommon V.E.C. Schools and Centres. Within the scheme, the Adult Education Officer has responsibility for its development in the schools/centres and in local communities to meet the needs of individuals and local areas.
V.T.O.S – Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme
The delivery of second chance education and training to meet the needs of unemployed adults interested in gaining new skills and qualifications which will enhance their employment prospects. Two year full-time programmes are offered. Part-time equivalents will be offered in the immediate future.
The provision of up to two years of co-ordinated education training and work experience for unqualified early school leavers. The programme is intended for young people who have left the formal school system without qualification, are over 15 years of age, out of school for over 6 months and not in full-time employment.
Co. Roscommon V.E.C. operates and promotes a literacy and basic education service through networking, raising awareness and recruitment of volunteer and paid tutors. Classes can be one-to-one or small group work.
In partnership with the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform and the Department of Education and Science, Co. Roscommon Vocational Education Committee provides over 10,000 hours of tuition in the Education Unit of Castlerea Prison, thus enabling those under sentence to achieve personal development, to cope with their sentences, to prepare for life after release and to establish an appetite and capacity for further education after release.
Co. Roscommon V.E.C. offers a programme of community education at subsidised rate. Many of the courses are offered at community halls/centres throughout the county on request from a community group. Relief of fees for other courses is also available through this programme for disadvantaged adults. Active Age Groups are supported and community projects of an educational nature may also be funded within the limits of the budget.
Adult Education in co-operation with other agencies are provided in a range of subject areas. Examples include Computer Courses for the Enterprise Board, Mobile Computer Suite in co-operation with the Partnership Company. Modules for the Certificate in Rural Enterprise for Teagasc, Social Care Certificate/Diploma and Counselling Skills Certificate in association with NUI. Course for C.E. Schemes in co-operation with FÁS.
Administrator of Grants and Scholarships for third level institutions (2011-12 period)
Future Policies and Actions of County Roscommon Vocational Education Committee
Recent legislation and Bills currently before the Oireachtas will determine the future role and expansion of activity.