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Collins, Niall

Thursday, 14 January 2021

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Covid-19 (Higher Education): Statements (Continued)

I am grateful for the opportunity to provide Deputies with an update on further education and training during this level 5 phase of the Covid-19 pandemic and I look forward to taking any questions ...More Button

As the Minister, Deputy Harris, said, further education and training providers are responding to the recent deterioration in the Covid-19 situation. They are adapting and using their discretion ...More Button

I am pleased that SOLAS and Education and Training Boards Ireland, ETBI, have issued specific guidance to providers regarding the delivery of further education and training and craft apprenticeship...More Button

Statutory safety training in the construction sector, delivered under the construction skills certification scheme and the Safe Pass programme, has been paused during January. It is important, h...More Button

Off-the-job training for apprentices stopped between March and September. Assessments, however, were completed remotely for this group as much as was possible. In light of the current difficult...More Button

Off-the-job training has moved online where possible and more than 2,000 craft apprentices were assessed remotely for the first time during the summer. Some €12 million has been provided in the ...More Button

I turn now to the apprenticeship incentivisation scheme, which is financed under the July stimulus jobs package. It provides a €3,000 grant to the employer which is payable over two years for ea...More Button

Some 2,511 apprentices were registered between September and the end of November, which comprised 52% of total registrations for the year. The action plan will set out to place apprenticeships a...More Button

The Deputy asked about the numbers who took up the various apprenticeships. I do not have that detail to hand at the moment. Suffice it to say that during 2020 there was naturally a drop-off due ...More Button

I thank Deputies Devlin and Matthews for their queries on the subject of apprenticeships, which is a major part of our programme for Government. We are very keen, as a new Department, to destigmat...More Button

The new apprenticeship action plan is in gestation and the consultation period has closed. There was a high level of engagement with the consultations and they are now being assessed. In essenc...More Button

Deputy Mattie McGrath correctly queried the range of apprenticeships. I will furnish all Deputies with the full range of approved apprenticeship schemes that are in place and available. We are an...More Button

Driver Test

Asked the Minister for Transport: if matters raised by a person (details supplied) in correspondence will receive a response; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Human Rights Cases

Asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs: his views on a matter (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Covid-19 Pandemic

The Resilience and Recovery 2020 -2021: Plan for Living with Covid 19 designates Further Education and Training (FET) as essential insofar as onsite presence is required, meaning that where necessa...More Button

In light of this, Louth Meath Education and Training Board (LMETB) have confirmed to officials of my Department that the Community Training Centre referred to in this question has moved to emerge...More Button

Environmental Policy

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: his views on a matter (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Animal Welfare

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: his views on a matter regarding the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button