About Us


 Welcome from our Chief Executive

A story Carol FormalWelcome to the website of the City of Dublin Education and Training Board.  CDETB provides a broad and comprehensive range of high quality educational services in our schools, colleges and centres.  We place the learner at the centre of provision whether he/she is a second level student, a young adult wishing to obtain a Further Education and Training qualification or an older adult wishing to upskill.  We have an innovative approach to curriculum and course development and our flexibility allows us to respond quickly to the changing needs of learners and society.   Our highly qualified, professional and experienced staff members are there to guide and support individuals and to help them to reach their potential.  We aim to address each person’s particular educational needs and also to provide pathways to employment and to further and higher education.

I hope you enjoy browsing our website and exploring the programmes and services we offer.  You will find a warm and friendly environment in all our schools, colleges and centres.  We welcome enquiries and will assist you wherever you are on your educational journey.

Carol Hanney
Chief Executive


What we do

CDETB operates 23 schools and colleges (16 of which are Colleges of Further Education), 10 Youthreach Centres, an education service in seven Prisons two Training Centres, 17 Local Training Initiatives and an Adult Education Service operating in five separate areas across the city. This provision is delivered by approximately 3,200 staff to up to 30,000 learners (12,000 full-time and 17,500 part-time) and is supported by services that include a school psychological service, a curriculum development unit, a sports and cultural council, a buildings maintenance unit and an administrative staff in CDETB Head Office in Ballsbridge. CDETB is responsible for CDYSB which provides youth work services across the city of Dublin.  CDETB is also responsible for the national awarding authority for student grants in Ireland, Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI).


Establishment of CDETB

The Education and Training Boards Act 2013 was passed by the Houses of the Oireachtas on 2nd May 2013 and was signed by the President on 8th May 2013.   Following ministerial approval, the City of Dublin Vocational Education Committee was officially dissolved as of 1st July 2013 (Section 55) and the City of Dublin Education and Training Board was officially established.

The Board of CDETB is appointed by Dublin City Council following Local Elections (every 5 years). Membership consists of:


12 X members appointed by Local Authority
Dublin City Council
2 X staff representatives
Elected by staff members
2 X parent representatives
Nominated by parent representative association(s)
5 X representatives of special interest bodies
Business, industry and employers, learners, persons engaged in the management/leadership in recognised schools

Follow the menu on the right for a list of current Board members


Functions of Education and Training Board

The general functions of CDETB are set out under Section 10 of the Education & Training Boards Act 2014 and include that it should ‘plan, provide, coordinate and review the provision of education and training,…………….. in its functional area’.

The Act divides the specific areas of responsibility between the Board (reserved functions) and the Chief Executive Officer (executive functions).

Reserved Functions
Reserved functions are set out under Section 12 of the Education and Training Board Act 2014 and include the following


    • Name change
    • Appointment of CE
    • Suspension of CE
    • Establishment of a scholarship
    • Adoption of a strategy statement
    • Adoption of annual report
    • Acceptance of gifts or being constituted as a trustee
    • Decision to authorise attendance by a member at a conference, seminar, meeting or event
    • Establishment/dissolution of committee
    • Determination of the terms of reference of a committee
    • Appointment/removal from office of a member of committee
    • Confirmation of act of committee
    • Adoption of annual service plan
    • Power to borrow money
    • Keeping of accounts
    • Establishment of finance and audit committees
    • Appointment and removal of member of finance and audit committees
    • Receipt of report from finance and audit and determination of action
    • Acquisition, holding and disposal of land


Executive Functions
(Section 13)
Every function of an Education and Training Board that is not a reserved function shall be an executive function. All executive functions are performed by the Chief Executive in accordance with the policies of the Education and Training Board

Regulation of Business
(Schedule 3)
A detailed breakdown of the regulation of business of an Education and Training Board is set out in Schedule 3 of the Act.

Useful links

Code of practice for the governance of Education and Training Boards ETBs
Guide for Boards of Management
Education and Training Boards Act 2013


Governance and Management




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