Name / Title

Roscommon Vocational Education Committee (VEC)

Case Study Region

BMW, West of Ireland – Roscommon

Geographical coverage


National, with county-level branches. Roscommon VEC has its main office in Roscommon Town, with Outreach Centres in Boyle and Castlerea* 


Government; advice service; training scheme; project

Main activity / focus

Provision of vocational educational training

Target beneficiaries / market


Year established


Current Funding source(s)

Department of Education and Skills


Youth and adults seeking vocational training





VECs are statutory education authorities which have responsibility for vocational educational training, youth work, and a range of other statutory functions. They manage and operate further education colleges and further education centres delivering education and training programmes to all sectors of the community. VECs also cooperate with other agencies such as FAS, Teagasc, Third Level Institutes, Enterprise Boards, and Partnership Companies to deliver specific education courses. Roscommon VEC has its main office in Roscommon Town, with Outreach Centres in Boyle and Castlerea.

*In October 2010 the Department of Education and Skills announced that the number of VECs is to be reduced from 33 to 16 by amalgamation In 2011 the new government confirmed that scale of reduction but revised the scheme of amalgamations. It subsequently announced the establishment of SOLAS, a new steering and funding agency to cover the further education provision of the VECs, which will also absorb the training activities formerly carried out by FAS.


Contact details
County Roscommon VEC
Lanesboro Street
Roscommon Town
County Roscommon