Minister Simon Harris with political representatives and Cavan Institute students today

€40 million investment secured for Cavan Institute

The announcement was made today by Minister Simon Harris during his visit to the institute.

An investment of €40 million has been earmarked for the development of Cavan Institute’s new campus, writes Michelle Taite.

The announcement was made today by Minister Simon Harris during his visit to the institute.

“Last week, indeed today and next week, I am travelling to the ten locations around the country that we have chosen to be FET colleges of the future, to be flagship major projects, modern beacons of all that is good about further educational training and I am delighted to announce today that Cavan Institute has been chosen as one of those ten locations.”

The Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science expressed his gratitude to everyone that contributed to Cavan Institute’s success.

“Alongside your very persistent Oireachtas representatives who do such a good job for you, and your councillors and your ETB. You have had an incredible team here in Cavan Institute, and to you Ann Marie [Lacey], to your directors and to all your staff, things like this don’t happen by accident so a huge thank you to you.”

Cavan Institute is one of 10 Educational Training Boards across the country to receive an investment from a total allocated fund of €250M.

The project envisages a state-of-the-art further education campus. This proposal is to serve 1,000 students by building a new centralised FET provision for Cavan Institute. The proposed new campus is part of the Government’s Further Education and Training (FET) ‘Colleges of the Future’ strategy, which seeks to streamline FET provision around the country, making pathways into Further Education and Training more accessible for all.

The new college campus will be complementary to and work in collaboration with the existing CMETB FET Campus on the Dublin Road, Cavan, to further strengthen the provision of FET programmes at Levels 5 and 6, as well as delivering on apprenticeships. Other exciting initiatives included in the proposal are higher education programmes in partnership with higher education institutes and part-time programmes.

The event was also attended by Minister Heather Humphreys who welcomed the announcement.

“What a great day this is for Cavan, Monaghan and the entire North East region. An almost €40 million investment that will deliver a state-of-the-art college accommodating 1,000 students.

“It’s further evidence too of the real and tangible investment that is going into education at all levels in this region.”

Also glad of the funding was Deputy Brendan Smith (FF).

“This project will greatly increase the number of students who can attend Cavan Institute and create even more pathways for further education for people across Cavan and the wider region.

“Today it is great to see the government providing very substantial funding for its further development”, stated Deputy Smith.