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Written Answers - Back to Education Initiative

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 765 No. 3

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 199.  Deputy Tom Fleming Information on Tom Fleming Zoom on Tom Fleming  asked the Minister for Education and Skills Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn  if he will provide an update on the back to education initiative; the number of the available 3,000 places that were taken up; the number in each county; and the progress and potential for the participants to access work. [24232/12]

Minister of State at the Department of Education and Skills (Deputy Ciarán Cannon): Information on Ciaran Cannon Zoom on Ciaran Cannon The aim of the Back to Education Initiative (BTEI) is to target adults with less than upper second level education in a range of part-time learning opportunities which lead to certification at Levels 1-6 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).

In 2011 there were just over 32,000 BTEI participants, of whom just over 4,100 availed of the 3,000 additional BTEI places provided under the Jobs Initiative. The vast majority (over 3,000) are continuing in BTEI courses. The rest have progressed to other further education provision or into employment.

A county-by-county breakdown of participants in the BTEI under the Jobs Initiative is set out below:

VEC No. Jobs Initiative participants
Carlow 32
Cavan 193
Clare 239
Cork City 20
Cork County 212
Donegal 118
Dublin City 534
Dublin County 312
Dun Laoghaire 39
Galway City 56
Galway County 252
Kerry 315
Kildare 36
Kilkenny 133
Laois 87
Leitrim 72
Limerick City 23
Limerick County 108
Longford 41
Louth 29
Mayo 82
Meath 211
Monaghan 58
Offaly 208
Roscommon 33
Sligo 84
Tipperary North 32
Tipperary South 126
Waterford City 108
Waterford County 77
Westmeath 59
Wexford 117
Wicklow 75
Total 4,121

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