On behalf of the Chief Executive and MSLETB Executive Management Team, I would like to wish you a very Happy Christmas and New Year.
2022 has been both a challenging and rewarding year for MSLETB. I would like to thank the staff of MSLETB for their ongoing support for our organisation and all our students and learners. I wish to acknowledge the contribution of each and every staff member, capably led by our managers and leaders, within or schools, centres and administration offices which allowed us to continue to serve our communities.
Our Board and Chairperson, Cllr Mary Bohan, are to be acknowledged for their work. They have been hugely professional and supportive in carrying out their oversight responsibilities for the ETB. The Board also have repeatedly been complementary of staff and the work being done in MSLETB. We have aimed to provide a positive student and learner experience throughout.
It was a year when some of us lost loved ones and I wish to remember all those who are no longer with us and extend sincere sympathy to all who have had a bereavement during 2022.
2022 has been a year where much activity returned to a level of normality following the pandemic and we have achieved many positive enhancements and development to our services. We experienced many noteworthy engagements and milestones. Some of the highlights have been:
- The approval of a new statement of Strategy for the next five years for MSLETB by our Board
- The announcement of funding for the MSLETB Further Education and Training Centre, Mohill as part of the Leitrim College of FET
- The progression of the development of Mayo College of FET Castlebar Campus and the public announcement of significant investment for this college
- The launch of the ETBI’s Patron Framework across the ETB sector nationally and in our schools
- A significant additional accommodation building programme across FET and schools in our ETB
- Global representation at the World Butchers Challenge in Sacramento, California
- Launch of the new Digital Training Centre in Ballina
- A number of ministerial visits for important milestone events and announcements in FET and the visit of Minister for Education, Norma Foley TD to MSLETB, specifically to St. Tiernans, Crossmolina and to Davitt College Castlebar
- New programmes at various stages of development and delivery together with a number of awards and accolades for our work with the community and enterprise
- Increased enrolment in schools and associated increased recruitment of staff
- Welcome of additional students from abroad, mainly Ukraine to our schools and centres
In achieving these highlights, we also acknowledge the support from our funders and Government Departments, particularly Department of Education, DHFERIS, SOLAS and DCEDIY and we also wish all our external community stakeholders and enterprise in our area best wishes for Christmas and 2023 and thank them for their ongoing support and assistance.
I look forward to working with all our stakeholders to further develop the opportunities we provide in our community in 2023. We can anticipate another challenging spell ahead, but with the experience we have gained recently I am confident that we will make 2023 a truly successful year for MSLETB.
Wishing you all the very best, stay safe and I hope you have a peaceful and enjoyable Christmas.
Guím daoibhse agus do bhur dteaghlach síocháin, sláinte agus sonas ag an am seo den bhlian agus san Athbhliain.
Tom Grady – Chief Executive
MSLETB Executive Management Team.