These are some of the recent project updates that members of Tipperary Town Revitalisation Education and Training Sub-Group have been working on. 

Tipperary Education and Training Board (TETB) is working to support the Tipperary Town Revitalisation Task Force to drive economic growth in the Town across several areas, one of which is Education and Training.

On September 20, 2019 Minister English announced actions to support revitalisation of Tipperary Town to include a ‘collaborative town health check’ and the recruitment of a project manager to develop plans, projects, funding bids, and project delivery. The Minister also announced the appointment of an independent chair to provide independent oversight and leadership for this process.

Tipperary Town Task Force has been established to steer the process. This project will include extensive engagement with local stakeholders and representatives, and over a 3-year period, these measures will facilitate a partnership approach between the local community and other key stakeholders in order to develop and deliver an action plan for the town. 

This project was established to address the issues that are adversely impacting on Tipperary town, and to oversee and direct the implementation of a Tipperary Town Action Plan.

In order to increase access to education, training, and employment, TETB has responded to this need by putting in place several education and training programmes to upskill, retrain and enable participants to progress to employment and to further and higher education. TETB now operates from a number of new premises around Tipperary Town.

Dry Lining course

Contact: Lorraine Fanning

Phone: 052 6134333


At the Glen Veterinary Practice on Bansha Road, there is a Dry Lining facility which is fully equipped with 14 training bays, suitable for learners to complete their assessments with all required materials and equipment available in the City and Guilds approved training facility.

The Dry Lining course has just finished after a period of 25 weeks training and a repeat programme will commence on May 31.

Currently, Tipperary ETB is the only ETB running the Dry Lining programme in the Southern region of Ireland. This programme is delivered for Tipperary ETB by our approved contractor, FRS Training. The programme runs for 25 weeks and includes 3 weeks work placement with an employer.

In addition to the Dry Lining Level 2 Diploma, the learners complete a Suspended Ceiling workshop with Armstrong Ceilings resulting in an enhanced skillset for their 3-week work placements. Outcomes from the course are good, with three learners obtaining employment at the Cashel Palace Hotel site, three learners are working on construction sites in Dublin/Laois and two others have set up their own construction related businesses.

In Heffernan House, Rossmore Village on the Dundrum Road, TETB is offering a full-time 14-week programme in Construction Groundworks Skills and Maintenance to provide learners with the knowledge, skills and competence to work as a General Construction/ Maintenance Operator in a variety of settings. The course commenced in May. Learners will learn how to lay concrete slabs, paths, kerbs, flags and paviours under various conditions.

Operate and maintain light equipment to include: leaf blowers, hedge trimmers, handheld sprayers and mowers used in clearing and maintaining sites, roadways, and public facilities. Operate an ATV vehicle.

Learners will also learn basic chainsaw skills so they can assist in clearing fallen trees after storms. Learners will also complete 2 weeks work experience where they will have an opportunity to demonstrate the skills they have learned.

Pre-Apprenticeship – Construction Skills course

Contact: Lorraine Fanning

Phone: 052 6134333


Also commencing in Heffernan House in September is a Pre-Apprenticeship – Construction Skills (City and Guilds). This course is for learners interested in working in the construction industry, but do not know which trade area to specialise in, the Entry Level 3 qualification in Construction Skills is the perfect opportunity to develop practical skills needed by some employers in the industry, whilst giving a taster of a variety of trades before choosing to progress into further learning in a specific trade.

This 32-week course offers the perfect introduction to the Construction Industry, covering the essential skills in painting and tiling, plastering, joinery, plumbing, electrical, bricklaying, groundworks, health and safety and application of numbers.

These qualifications are suitable for 16–19-year-olds, or for individuals of any age wanting an introduction to the variety of construction.

TETB also funds the Knockanrawley Information for Training and Employment (KITE) training programme in the Knockanrawley Resource Centre. In partnership with KITE up to 18 students each year participate in a full-time programme leading to a QQI Level 4 Major Award in Pathways to Employment General Learning: a leaving certificate level of qualification. The course is available to those who may been educationally disadvantaged and early school leavers, those who have spent many years as carers, marginalised groups such as lone parents and new communities. The course is,

for many, a first step back into formal education and / or employment.

In TETB’s Apprenticeship and Employer Training division, we are currently working with employers in the town. At present there are fifteen companies in the town with apprentices employed in a range of both pre 2016 craft and new post 2016 apprenticeships in areas such Motor Mechanics, Metal Fabrication, Electrical, Wood Manufacturing and Finishing, Hair Dressing, Insurance Practitioner, Auctioneering and Property Services, Butcher and Commis Chef. 

Work is also underway with Tipperary Chamber of Commerce where TETB is providing an Improving IT (ICDL) course available to 60 members of the Chamber. This programme is expected to commence on May 17 .

Business studies course

Contact: Sinead Brennan

Phone: 085: 8789945


A FET centre has also recently opened a in the Community Services Centre, Michael Street. This centre is providing two full time Further Education courses: QQI level 5 Business Studies and QQI level 5 Sports, Recreation and Exercise. Both courses are also excellent options for persons in the locality as a pathway to Higher Education. Enrolments are being taken for September 2021.

Community Education

The Community Education Section continues to work in partnership with many groups in Tipperary Town to deliver a wide range of short unaccredited programmes based on the needs identified by the groups.

Presently, we have commenced Biodiversity in partnership with the Three Drives FRC which will run for 8 weeks. We are delighted to be using The Three Drives FRC and the wonderful facilities of the Tipperary Hills. This course will focus on all the variety of life that can be found on earth (plants, animals, fungi, and micro-organisms) as well as to the communities that they form and the habitats in which they live. Course is tutored by Marian Clarke.

The Tipperary Excel Writers Group have been remarkably busy creating a series of poetry and stories called Better Together – these readings were recently aired on Tipperary Mid-West Radio.

On May 13 the group has invited Michael O Suileabhain to their class online. The theme will be The Friendly Imperative and the poetry of Admonition. The groups continue to meet online each week under the expert guidance of their tutor Patricia Mchale.

During May, some new programmes commenced in the IWA. These were Mindfulness and Cookery demonstration with a focus on healthy foods. These courses will continue for the next few weeks. Our Beauty Care tutor Sarah Covey will also deliver a 4-week online programme to our Refugee Resettlement Group in Tipperary Town. This course will cover Facials, Make Up, Manicure, and Indian Head Massage.

Many new programmes will commence over next few months, such as Interior Design, Introduction to Barbering, Food Safety, Bushcraft and Outdoor Skills and Getting to know your Summer Garden. Community Education will also be organising some Art and Craftwork Programmes such as Beginners Decoupage, Photography.

Part-time Learning Options

The Back to Education Programme offers accredited part-time courses in Tipperary Town that enables participants to upskill in areas such as ICT, Healthcare and Childcare and combine learning with family, work and other responsibilities. These courses take place in Knockanrawley Resource Centre and Tipperary Community Centre. Learners who participate in ICT, Healthcare and Childcare have an opportunity to achieve a recognised qualification in these subjects and increase their employment opportunities. BTEI has strong links with local Community Employment schemes in the area and assists these schemes with the training needs of participants.

In addition to Healthcare Support QQI Level 5, Early Childhood Care and Education QQI Level 5 and ECDL the upcoming BTEI programme for September 2021 in Tipperary Town also includes a Community Addiction Studies QQI Level 5 module. The anticipated outcome of this course delivery will be enhanced knowledge, skills and awareness of the complexity of addiction as well as enhanced awareness of support services available locally.

English Language Tipperary Town continues to welcome Programme Refugees from Syria. In addition to the Syrian refugees, TETB provides English language classes to anyone whose first language is not English.

As a new departure this year TETB are offering Cambridge English ESOL examinations to eligible candidates.

Matthew Ryan Training Services Manager stated that “TETB is delighted to be able to support the task force, employers and learners across the County.” With the lifting of restrictions, TETB is available to support those impacted by Covid-19. TETB provides full and part-time, evening, and online courses. 

Contact can be made with our Information Officer. 

Phone: 052 6191424 


They can provide information and advice on the full suite of Further Education and Training programmes available with Tipperary ETB.