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Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Further and Higher Education (1 Dec 2022)

Bernard Durkan: I compliment the Minister on his efforts in this area. I wish to inquire further as to the degree to which the Minister's Department continues to identify the particular weaknesses now showing up in almost every category of employment, including the teaching, medical, nursing and building professions. The technical and academic requirements are many and varied now. I am inquiring as to...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Further and Higher Education (1 Dec 2022)

Simon Harris: I think there is and this is certainly an area we are looking at. We are working with the Department of Social Protection. For example, in the area of construction, the Minister, Deputy Humphreys, and I have partnered with the Construction Industry Federation, CIF, to do exactly as the Deputy said in respect of identifying people who may be seeking employment and wishing to be employed and...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Further and Higher Education (1 Dec 2022)

Bernard Durkan: I bring to the attention of the Minister that many refugees coming into the country have particular skills that are in short supply in the home market. These people are ready and willing to work. Every effort should be made to ensure they have this opportunity and that they are not diverted in any way by those who seek to protest, for one reason or another, on the basis of their right to...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Further and Higher Education (1 Dec 2022)

Rose Conway-Walsh: On this point, I ask the Minister to look at the situation of part-time students and the support we do not give them. At 19%, we are below the OECD average of 22% for part-time students. In the review of SUSI, we saw that 47% of postgraduates and 25% of undergraduates said they would consider going back to study if they had the financial support to do that. This is a matter we must...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Further and Higher Education (1 Dec 2022)

Simon Harris: I will do that and, indeed, we are doing that. Professor Tom Collins is heading a working group under the Funding the Future framework specifically looking at part-time study and eligibility and access concerning student supports. I agree with the Deputy, and I hope we can find a way forward in 2023 on the issue of SUSI. I will keep in touch with the Deputy in this regard. Turning to...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Further and Higher Education (1 Dec 2022)

Questions Nos. 106 to 109, inclusive, taken with Written Answers.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Third Level Education (1 Dec 2022)

Third Level Education

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Third Level Education (1 Dec 2022)

Colm Burke: 110. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will provide an update on the National Access Plan 2022-2028; the progress that has been made to date since the plan was implemented; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [59856/22]

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Third Level Education (1 Dec 2022)

Colm Burke: This question is to ask the Minister if he will provide an update on the National Access Plan 2022-2028, the progress made to date since the plan was implemented and if he will make a statement on this matter.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Third Level Education (1 Dec 2022)

Simon Harris: I was pleased to launch the new national access plan on 31 August 2022. This plan is genuinely the most ambitious vision we have ever set out for an inclusive and diverse higher education sector. It builds on the real and substantial progress made through the implementation of previous plans. I thank all those who worked so hard to make this a reality. It also recognises, however, that...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Third Level Education (1 Dec 2022)

Colm Burke: Regarding socially disadvantaged areas, looking at the work done in the past ten to 15 years, have we identified why we have made very little progress in many of these areas? Do we need to focus at an earlier stage, and I am even talking about primary-school level, on starting people off on the process of long-term ambition in education? Are we doing enough in this regard to encourage...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Third Level Education (1 Dec 2022)

Simon Harris: The Deputy is entirely right. Issues around access and disadvantage start much earlier than when people reach the age to attend third level. This is why the national access and inclusion plan engages with other Departments, including the Departments of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Education and Social Protection to look at barriers that people can encounter earlier...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Education and Training Boards (1 Dec 2022)

Simon Harris: They are not the only ones. I thank Deputies Ó Murchú and O'Dowd for raising this important issue. Without wanting to stray into the industrial relations, IR, space because of the proximity between this discussion and those discussions that will take place at the IR forum, I acknowledge on the record of the Dáil the excellent work done by personal assistants, PAs. Those are...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Education and Training Boards (1 Dec 2022)

Questions Nos. 101 to 103, inclusive, taken with Written Answers.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Further and Higher Education (1 Dec 2022)

Further and Higher Education

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Further and Higher Education (1 Dec 2022)

Alan Dillon: 104. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will provide an update surrounding recent announcements on the new further education and training, FET, colleges of the future; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [59840/22]

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Further and Higher Education (1 Dec 2022)

Alan Dillon: Will the Minister provide an update on the recent announcements around the new FET colleges of the future?

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Further and Higher Education (1 Dec 2022)

Simon Harris: I am always delighted to provide Deputy Dillon with an update but I do not have a huge amount of an update since we last met on Monday in Castlebar. That was a good day and we had the clear decision that Castlebar, County Mayo, will be the home of a new further education college of the future, which we call a FET college of the future. What that means to people in Castlebar and Mayo is that...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Further and Higher Education (1 Dec 2022)

Alan Dillon: I publicly thank the Minister for coming to Castlebar earlier this week to deliver the fantastic news on the Mayo College of Further Education and Training. This will be a multimillion euro project for County Mayo and Castlebar. It will strengthen our appeal in the future economic outlook and will invest in FET. This significant capital investment will transform that campus. We have an...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Further and Higher Education (1 Dec 2022)

Simon Harris: The first ten locations are in the process of being announced. We are up to about five or six locations and all ten will have been announced within the next week. What then has to happen is all ten need to work intensively with SOLAS, their ETB and my Department to prepare the next phase. These are multimillion euro projects and this is a scale of investment in FET we simply have not seen...

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