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Friday 20 July 2018

Dramatic growth and rising costs

THE VEC system was established under legislation in 1930 to provide technical and vocational education.

Since then, the VEC sector has grown dramatically and last year cost more than €1bn to run.

Although often associated only with second-level schools, the VECs run a range of other services, including outdoor pursuit centres, Youthreach, prison education, senior traveller training centres, school transport arrangements.

Committees usually have nine councillors -- many TDs and senators cut their political teeth in VECs.

Irish Independent

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