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LCFE Launch Strategic Plan

LCFE Launch Strategic Plan
Date: 13 May 2014
The plan is the culmination of 15 months of a strategic review and development process that involved staff at all levels in the College, multiple stakeholders and external experts. Jan O’Sullivan T.D., Minister for Housing and Planning, officiated at the launch of the plan which sets out the goals and objectives for the region’s largest FE College over the next four years. The plan reflects the new legislation governing the Further Education and Training (FET) sector, the recent NESC Review of Further Education and Training and recent Forfás reports outlining the current and future skills needs of the Irish labour force. It also takes account of developments taking place at the Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board. Speaking at the launch, Minister O’Sullivan congratulated the College on the new plan. She said: “LCFE has made a huge contribution to the City and the Mid-West region. The College is going from strength-to-strength and this ambitious strategic plan is proof positive of the vision and innovation that is at the heart of the College. Hundreds of families in Limerick have benefited from the high quality education courses the College offers and that is going to continue and develop between now and 2018.” The new strategic plan sets out four strategic pillars or goals for LCFE over the next four years: • Responsive Programmes • Outstanding Teaching and Learning • Modern Campus Environment • Dynamic Partnerships LCFE has set out an ambitious strategy to invent a new future for itself and play a leading role in the emergent Further Education and Training Sector in Ireland. Management and staff of the College are determined to implement this plan through rigorous monitoring of agreed key performance indicators and through regular consultation with key stakeholders. LCFE recognizes that it is facing a period of significant change in the emerging FET sector. The next four years offer many opportunities to the College including the further development of its nationally and internationally recognized programmes, its engagement with partners, and leveraging its strong alumni and industry links. In his speech, LCFE’s Director, Pat Maunsell, acknowledged that the Strategic Plan 2014-2018 is being launched at a time of significant change in the Further Education and Training sector: “This will both provide challenges and opportunities to LCFE over the next few years. However, the College is no stranger to transition and has evolved and grown to become a major player in the FET sector in Ireland.” He continued: “The intention of this plan is to help the College to grow and innovate, strengthening its course offerings, creating further enduring partnerships, enhancing its infrastructure and most importantly, continuing to improve its teaching and learning. We recognise that a new era in further education is emerging and LCFE intends playing a major part in this development.”