Kildare South TD and Minister Martin Heydon has welcomed €507,000 for the Kildare and Wicklow Education and Training Board (KWETB), following an announcement from Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris TD and Minister of State for Skills and Further Education, Niall Collins TD of €8 million funding in further education capital grants for the 16 Education and Training Boards.

Minister Heydon said: “KWETB, alongside its Education and Training Board counterparts, presents unparalleled prospects for individuals seeking to enhance their skills and knowledge in fields such as the culinary arts, IT and technology. This funding allocated from Project Ireland 2040 to KWETB, as part of the continuous investment in the further education and training (FET) sector, can be utilized for small-scale projects involving infrastructure improvement, as well as equipment acquisition.

“KWETB can make use of this grant to undertake various works, including but not limited to, enhancing computer and science labs, replacing apprenticeship equipment, conducting roof repairs, and executing planned improvements on FET buildings.

“KWETB has been a cornerstone of accessible and inclusive education and training in Kildare, empowering people to realize their full potential across the county so I look forward to the future impact this funding will have for courses in further education.” concluded Minister Heydon