My Department, following extensive consultation with ETBI, published a Code of Practice for the Governance of Education and Training Boards in January of this year.
The Code reflects the current regulations and the latest edition of the Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies published by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. The Code provides for Oversight Agreements and Performance Delivery Agreements to be drawn up between my Department and each ETB and my Department is currently engaged with the Sector in relation to the development of template documents with a view to facilitating these agreements.
Following the local elections which took place in May of this year, training on the Code of Practice will be rolled out to ETB Chairpersons, Board members, Chief Executives, Audit and Risk Committee members, Finance Committee members and to ETB Directors over the coming months. ETBI has established a Governance Steering Group which includes representation from ETB boards, ETB executive, ETBI and the Department of Education and Skills and has commenced a contract with an external company for the roll out of this training.