Kerry ETB Opens New Facility In Kenmare

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Pictured at the Kerry ETB opening of its new Kenmare Culinary Skills Centre in the Kenmare Further Education and Training Centre at Bell Heights, Kenmare, were from left, Con O’Sullivan, Kerry ETB, Owen O’Donnell, Director of Further Education Kerry ETB, Shivaun Shanahan, Kerry ETB, Minister Brendan Griffin who opened the centre, Simon Regan, Chief Instructor, Colm McEvoy, CEO, Kerry ETB and Chef Mike Foley.  Photo: Don MacMonagle.

KERRY Education and Training Board (Kerry ETB) have announced the opening of its new Kenmare Culinary Skills Centre in the Kenmare Further Education and Training Centre, Bell Heights, Kenmare.

The new facilities were officially opened by the Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, Mr. Brendan Griffin, TD on Friday, November 23 at 12pm.

This state of the art culinary training facility based in the Kenmare Further Education and Training Centre provides the facilities in Kenmare for Kerry ETB to deliver the Commis Chef Apprenticeship (QQI level 6) course in Kenmare.

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As part of the course, the apprentices will spend 40% of their training in the training kitchen and 60% of their training on the job.

This apprenticeship model allows for the apprentice to transfer their skills from the training Kitchen directly to the workplace. On completion of the programme the apprentice will be awarded a QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Culinary Arts.

This new facility will add to the suite of courses already offered by the Kenmare Further Education and Training Centre.

Current provision includes plant Propagation and Plant Science, Early Childhood Care and Education, Healthcare Support and Tourism with Business. A full list of their courses can be accessed at

Commenting on the opening of the New Culinary Skills Centre, Mr. Colm Mc Evoy CEO of Kerry ETB stated; “Kerry ETB provides a very comprehensive range of Further Education and Training programmes across the County.  The opening of this new Culinary Skills facility in Kenmare will help in ensuring that both learners and employers in this area of South Kerry have direct access to this modern culinary training facility locally.  I am confident that many learners who pursue apprenticeships, traineeships or other courses in this facility will progress to the workplace locally. The apprenticeship delivered from this facility will help in addressing skills gaps and job vacancies in this area, which is one of the premier tourist locations in Ireland.”

Owen O’Donnell, Director of Further Education in Kerry ETB stated “This marks a significant investment from Kerry ETB in the hospitality and culinary skills sector in Kenmare and also in the South Kerry Region.”

Shivaun Shanahan, Adult Education Officer with Kerry ETB acknowledged that “while Kenmare Further Education Centre has an extensive Further Education and Training programmes, the opening of the Culinary Centre is a very positive development for Kerry ETB as our aim is to ensure Learners and Employers have access to our services locally.”

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