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Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Technological Universities (19 May 2022)

Gerald Nash: The Minister's preference is to have the relationships form organically. Every time I read about the creation of a new technological university in this country, my heart sinks. This is because Dundalk is isolated and has been left stranded. I see every announcement as a missed opportunity for DkIT and its students. The delays and obfuscation over the past few years have been inexcusable....

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Technological Universities (19 May 2022)

Simon Harris: My legislative function is very clear in the Technological Universities Act. I have just started setting up technological universities right across the country. I am very eager that we deliver one for the north east. However, my actual function has been to provide funding and expert advice. This has resulted in much progress in respect of DkIT. I believe we will be in a position to make...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Third Level Costs (19 May 2022)

Catherine Connolly: Ba mhaith liom fáilte a chur roimh na daltaí san Áiléar Poiblí. Tá sé tráthúil go mbaineann na ceisteanna le cúrsaí oideachais agus leis an Aire Breisoideachais agus Ardoideachais, Taighde, Nuálaíochta agus Eolaíochta . Guím ar an Teachta Boyd Barrett a cheist a chur trí Ghaeilge más mian leis.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Further and Higher Education (19 May 2022)

Further and Higher Education

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Further and Higher Education (19 May 2022)

Richard Boyd Barrett: 106. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if measures will be taken as part of budget 2023 to ensure that all financial barriers for those wishing to undertake further education or apprenticeship courses are removed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25334/22]

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Further and Higher Education (19 May 2022)

Richard Boyd Barrett: I do not know what school they are from but I was going to refer to the young people in the Visitors Gallery as well. I am not sure what year they are in but when they finish school, many of them will be looking to go to higher or further education or do apprenticeships. That would be good for them and also for our society because we need people in construction, medicine, the health...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Further and Higher Education (19 May 2022)

Simon Harris: I too welcome the students and thank them for being here. I want them to know that we are going to put an education system in place that means they can get to wherever they want in life. I urge them please to join in a conversation about broader educational opportunities, university, further education, apprenticeships - there are so many different ways of getting where they want to go. I...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Further and Higher Education (19 May 2022)

Richard Boyd Barrett: The Minister knows our position. We think we should get rid of all fees and all financial barriers. Now is the time for bold moves. We are facing chronic shortages in a number of areas such as construction, education, medicine and almost every area one can imagine. I want to ask about one particular group, though. There is a chronic shortage of psychologists and the result is real...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Further and Higher Education (19 May 2022)

Simon Harris: As the Deputy knows, in respect of reducing financial barriers, we have already removed a number of them. We have increased student grants for the first time in a decade, meaning that many people will see their student grants increase by more than 25% in September. Also, when I became Minister, while the commitment in the programme for Government was not to increase the registration fee, we...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Further and Higher Education (19 May 2022)

Richard Boyd Barrett: The question is really getting at barriers. By the way, I think we should get rid of all apprenticeship fees for college, for the bit apprentices have to do in college. There is a campaign on that. I was asked by someone doing educational psychology to raise this so I am taking the opportunity.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Further and Higher Education (19 May 2022)

Simon Harris: I am happy the Deputy is doing so.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Further and Higher Education (19 May 2022)

Richard Boyd Barrett: A Vision for Change recommended that we have 190 psychologists in the child and adolescent mental health services, CAMHS. Currently we have 90, less than half of what was recommended more than a decade ago. There is real suffering for very vulnerable children as a result. Then we have people like Áine who wrote to me, and I have received multiple representations, who wants to do...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Further and Higher Education (19 May 2022)

Rose Conway-Walsh: We spoke earlier about the overall cost of education. I take the Minister at his word that he is committed to third level education as a public good. That must mean something, particularly in respect of apprenticeships. The Minister outlined earlier efforts that were being made to tackle the backlog but it is not being done fast enough. When does the Minister project that we will have no...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Further and Higher Education (19 May 2022)

Simon Harris: I thank the Deputies. It is because of the importance and the sensitivity of the issue Deputy Boyd Barrett raises that I want to get him a more substantive reply than I have here. If he would like to send me Áine's correspondence I will certainly discuss that. My understanding on the issue of payment for placements is that it is a matter for a Department other than mine. The Deputy...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Further and Higher Education (19 May 2022)

Questions Nos. 107 and 108 replied to with Written Answers.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Apprenticeship Programmes (19 May 2022)

Apprenticeship Programmes

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Apprenticeship Programmes (19 May 2022)

Christopher O'Sullivan: 109. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the way that apprenticeship training will help meet the targets of the new national retrofitting scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25272/22]

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Apprenticeship Programmes (19 May 2022)

Dara Calleary: I am taking this question on behalf of Deputy Christopher O'Sullivan. This is in respect of the targets of the national retrofitting scheme and comes back to some of the discussion around apprenticeships. There is a commitment to get an extra 2,600 places in the nearly zero energy building apprenticeship. What is the position with that target? Is the Minister confident it will be met?

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Apprenticeship Programmes (19 May 2022)

Niall Collins: I thank the Deputies for the question. A range of skills are needed to support delivery of the new national retrofit scheme, including general operatives, those with short retrofit-related courses, craft apprentices and those with professional qualifications in areas such as architecture and engineering. Consequently, education and training relevant to the skills needed for retrofitting...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Education Costs (19 May 2022)

Rose Conway-Walsh: I ask the Minister to reconsider bringing forward a new student accommodation strategy with affordability at its core. I acknowledge the different things he is doing, but we need a new student accommodation strategy to be able to tackle the extent of the problem we are facing. This issue cannot be separated from the issue of underfunding in higher education generally. Even on-campus...

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