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Halligan, John

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Education and Training Provision

I am aware of the report referred to in the Deputy's question regarding projected significant additional demand for construction workers to meet infrastructural priorities set out in the National D...More Button

I can assure the Deputy that securing additional skills supply from education and training to meet the requirements of the construction sector is a major focus of my Department as part of the bro...More Button

In this context, as the Deputy may be aware, a Construction Sector Working Group is being established to ensure regular and open dialogue between Government and the construction sector in relatio...More Button

In responding to specific skill needs for the construction sector, a particular focus of my Department and the education and training sector more generally has been the expansion in apprenticeshi...More Button

Construction related apprenticeship registrations increased from 1,713 in 2015 to 2,314 in 2016 which represents an increase of 35%.  This trend continued in 2017 with a further increase of 28% b...More Button

Apprenticeship is a demand driven educational and training programme, which aims to develop the skills of an apprentice in order to meet the needs of industry and the labour market.  Consequently...More Button

The range of apprenticeships on offer is also being expanded to meet the identified skill needs of the sector. Arising from two calls for apprenticeship proposals three new apprenticeships in th...More Button

In addition to apprenticeship provision, almost 7,000 beneficiaries participated in SOLAS-funded construction related further education and training programmes provided by Education and Training ...More Button

In conclusion, in responding to the broader issue of the appropriate level of employment in the construction sector, it will be important - as highlighted in the NDP - to be acutely conscious of ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 95, 107 and 188 together.More Button

Securing skills supply from the education and training to the construction sector is a major focus of my Department as part of broader Government actions to increase housing supply and roll out t...More Button

Construction related apprenticeship registrations increased from 1,713 in 2015 to 2,314 in 2016 which represents an increase of 35%.  This trend continued in 2017 with a further increase of 28% o...More Button

Apprenticeship is a demand driven educational and training programme, which aims to develop the skills of an apprentice in order to meet the needs of industry and the labour market. Consequently,...More Button

As the Deputy is aware, we are currently expanding the range of apprenticeships on offer to meet the identified skill needs of industry. Arising from our first call for apprenticeship proposals ...More Button

In addition to apprenticeship provision, almost 7,000 beneficiaries participated in SOLAS-funded construction related further education and training (FET) programmes provided by Education and Tra...More Button

Separately, following a series of discussions with the CIF, SOLAS identified the following semi-skilled occupations as priority areas for the ETBs: More Button

- Form worker More Button

- Steel-fixer More Button

- Curtain waller More Button

Programmes have been put in place to produce approximately 100 form workers, 100 steel-fixers and 50 curtain wallers per year.  SOLAS will continue to engage with the ETBs to expand provision to ...More Button

Further Education and Training (FET) provision, including apprenticeship training, is planned at a national level by SOLAS.  Applications for funding for FET are made to SOLAS by Education and Trai...More Button

As part of its role in providing further education and training options for learners in the region KWETB works closely with the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection, the local p...More Button

I understand from KWETB that while exploratory discussions took place between Kildare County Council (KCC) and KWETB in 2016 and 2017 no formal arrangements were agreed in relation to the Model S...More Button

Apprenticeship Programmes

The Action Plan to Expand Apprenticeship and Traineeship in Ireland 2016-2020 sets out a series of detailed actions and annual targets on how the expansion commitments in the area set out in the Ac...More Button

This Government is committed to expanding the apprenticeship model into new sectors of the economy. Arising from our first call for apprenticeship proposals in 2015 eleven new apprenticeships hav...More Button

In addition, arising from last year’s second call for proposals, I recently announced 26 new programmes for further development into national apprenticeships across a wide variety of sectors incl...More Button

As well as developments in new apprenticeships, as the employment and economic situation continues to improve, we have seen strong growth in registrations across the craft trades nationally durin...More Button

This Government is also prioritising the expansion of traineeship offerings. At the end of 2017, an additional eight new traineeships had been developed in areas such as hospitality, engineering ...More Button

I am confident that we will deliver on our targets and that learners, employers and our economy will benefit as a result.More Button

As the Deputy is aware, apprenticeship is a demand driven educational and training programme which aims to develop the skills of an apprentice in order to meet the needs of industry and the labour ...More Button

Over the last number of years the number of employers registering apprentices to the craft of print media has significantly declined. Out of the 145 apprentices who were registered on the print ...More Button

I understand from SOLAS that in 2017 the Irish Printing Federation carried out a survey of the industry to ascertain the level of support for an apprenticeship on an ongoing basis. The findings ...More Button

An Annual Student Contribution is levied on all students attending Institutes of Technology (IoTs).  Previously this Annual Student Contribution was paid by FÁS/SOLAS with apprentices themselves pa...More Button

The amount charged to apprentices is calculated on a pro rata basis of the time which they spend in IoTs during the academic year. This cost would typically be one third of the Annual Student Con...More Button

There are no plans to abolish the Annual Student Contribution for apprentices.More Button

The information requested by the Deputy is set out in a tabular statement.

  The new apprenticeship programmes will be subject to the requirements for review stipulated in the ...More Button

532 apprentices registered for the plumbing apprenticeship in 2017, which represents an increase of 54% on the 2016 intake.  I understand from SOLAS that due to this increased level of interest it ...More Button

The minimum duration of the plumbing apprenticeship is four years, consisting of seven phases, each with a specific minimum duration in order to meet the certification requirements.  There are 96...More Button

SOLAS will continue to monitor training provision and monthly apprentice registrations to ensure that apprentices complete their apprenticeships within the minimum duration.More Button

Apprenticeship Data

The information requested by the Deputy in relation to target apprenticeship registrations in the period 2018 to 2020 is set out in the table. The Action Plan to Expand Apprenticeship & Trainee...More Button

  Question No. 131 answered with Question No. 96.More Button

School Transport Provision

School transport is a significant operation managed by Bus Éireann on behalf of the Department.

  Currently over 116,000 children, including over 12,000 children with special edu...More Button