County Kilkenny Vocational Education Committee (VEC) is one of thirty-three statutory local education authorities operating under the terms of the Vocational Education Acts 1930 and its subsequent amendments, most recently the 2001 VEC Amendment Act.
It is the mission of County Kilkenny VEC to be a key provider of quality, inclusive education opportunities and support services that enable young people and adults to reach their full potential and contribute in a positive and meaningful way to society.
Organisational Values and Principles
Our core organisational values and principles are:
- To place the learner at the centre of all our work
- To provide quality services
- To promote quality teaching and learning
- To engage in building positive, respectful relationships
- To value and respect all staff and learners
- To promote a culture of openness and fairness
- To promote inclusiveness and embrace diversity
- To be responsive in our approach and promote innovation and partnership
- To be an integral part of the local community
We provide a comprehensive range of quality education programmes and supports designed to meet the needs of young people and adults throughout County Kilkenny. Over the years it has developed a range of educational provision to meet the diverse and ever changing demands of learners. Today County Kilkenny VEC runs eight second level schools including a Gael Coláiste, an extensive adult education service and a range of post-leaving certificate courses. It is involved in many partnership activities at local level and provides a range of educational supports to enhance the quality of its education programmes.
County Kilkenny VEC supports young people and adult learners through its four main areas of activity:
- Second Level Education
- Adult Education Service
- Educational Support Services
- Partnership Activities