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Written Answers - European Globalisation Fund

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 755 No. 1

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 90.  Deputy Michael McNamara Information on Michael McNamara Zoom on Michael McNamara  asked the Minister for Education and Skills Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn  the number of the 8,779 redundant construction workers who were notified on the 19 of December 2011 that they were eligible for access to European Globalisation Fund training grants and who have notified the Department of their interest to apply for European Globalisation Fund funding; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7502/12]

Minister of State at the Department of Education and Skills (Deputy Ciarán Cannon): Information on Ciaran Cannon Zoom on Ciaran Cannon Full details and statistical information on the number and types of responses from the cohort of 8,779 redundant workers who were notified by the Department of relevant EGF services under the EGF construction programmes on 19 December 2011 are contained in a report prepared recently for the Department by WRC Social and Economic Consultatnts Ltd. who are providing certain administrative and technical support services to programmes funded by the EGF in Ireland. The WRC report specifically covers the period from the date of the notification letters outlining additional EGF services to the 8,779 redundant workers which issued on 19 December 2011 and the 27th January 2012. The report will be made publicly available in the next few days on the Department’s dedicated website A copy of the report will be issued to the Deputy for his information by the Department. Based on data supplied to date by relevant service providers, the Department estimates that at least 4,500 EGF related interventions have been commenced in the areas of guidance, training and third level education for this particular cohort of redundant workers prior to the period covered by the WRC report.

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