7 October 2011 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Minister for Education and Skills Ruairi Quinn has announced that Monaghan will be the location for the new merged Cavan/Monaghan Vocational Education Committee.
The Cavan and Monaghan Committees are being merged as part of a Government rationalisation programme which will reduce the number of VECs in the country from 33 to 16.
Confirming the locations of the new bodies on Tuesday, the Minister said that, since announcing the revised merger of VECs in June, designation of the headquarter locations was a priority for his Dept “so we can drive implementation of the new structures.”
Minister Quinn stated: “A number of factors have been taken into account in designating the headquarter locations where VECs are being merged.
 ”This includes the ability to redeploy staff to different locations. Where redeployment of all headquarter staff to one location is not possible I am providing for sub-offices in a number of locations. 
”The new VEC configuration allied to changes in the structures for delivery of further education and training comprises an overall blueprint for change that will bring about an exciting and dynamic future for the sector with an enhanced role in delivering both further education and training.”
 A sub-office for the merged Cavan-Monaghan VEC will be located in Cavan Town.
 The announcement has been welcomed by Fine Gael TDs for Cavan/Monaghan Sean Conlan and Heather Humphreys.
 Deputy Conlan said he considered this was a very positive “first step” towards the retention of education services in Co. Monaghan, and described the selection of Monaghan as the headquarters location as the result of “hard work and intensive lobbying at Ministerial and Departmental level “.
Deputy Humphreys expressed her “absolute delight” at the Minister’s announcement and said the news represented further good for Monaghan from an educational perspective.
Full report in The Northern Standard

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