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Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Further and Higher Education (20 Oct 2021)

Niall Collins: In late 2020, the NTF Advisory Group agreed a 24 month work plan to examine a range of themes that will ultimately guide upskilling and reskilling priorities for the NTF into the future.  During its quarterly meetings over the period, the Group intends to consider a range of issues, including: - Automation and future world of work - Funding strategy - NTF Metrics and evaluation...

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Further and Higher Education (20 Oct 2021)

Niall Collins: The information requested is being compiled and will be forwarded to the Deputy as soon as possible.

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Further and Higher Education (14 Oct 2021)

Niall Collins: I propose to take Questions Nos. 148 and 151 together. The Further and Higher Education sectors provide a broad range of courses and programmes in Hospitality and Tourism nationwide. My Department is represented on the Fáilte Ireland Career’s Oversight Group and there is ongoing engagement between my officials and the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and...

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Further and Higher Education (14 Oct 2021)

Niall Collins: My officials contacted City of Dublin Education and Training Board (CDETB) regarding this matter. From these enquiries I understand that because the Donnycarney group was a pre-existing group, but new to the CDETB service, the first step was for the tutors to meet with the students and carry out an initial assessment. This happened during the week beginning the 27th September. While...

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Further and Higher Education (13 Oct 2021)

Niall Collins: As the Deputy will be aware, there is a broad range of further education and training provision available from Cavan Monaghan Education and Training Board. It takes place in a wide range of settings including PLC programmes at Monaghan Institute, a wide range of adult and community education programmes, Youthreach, as well as apprenticeships, traineeships and other upskilling and reskilling...

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Apprenticeship Programmes (13 Oct 2021)

Niall Collins: The development of new apprenticeships is employer led and is subject to a defined development and approval process, the details of which are publically available on www.apprenticeship.ie. The Apprenticeship Council, SOLAS and staff from the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science have met with and communicated with representatives from the early...

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Apprenticeship Programmes (13 Oct 2021)

Niall Collins: The Action Plan for Apprenticeship 2021-2025 promotes general access, diversity and inclusion in apprenticeship by offering targeted supports to encourage participation from under-represented groups such as women, those with disabilities and those from ethnic minority backgrounds. Targets and interventions for specific groups will be detailed through an Equity of Access subcommittee of...

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Apprenticeship Programmes (13 Oct 2021)

Niall Collins: Actions in the Action Plan for Apprenticeship 2021-2025 continue to be implemented, to work towards delivering a flexible and responsive system for employers and potential apprentices, which is attractive and easy to engage with and delivers high standards and sought after qualifications. A Steering Group, with representatives of SOLAS, the HEA, QQI and the Department is overseeing the...

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Apprenticeship Programmes (13 Oct 2021)

Niall Collins: The Action Plan for Apprenticeship 2021-2025 was launched on 19th April and sets out a five year plan which sets out new ways of structuring, funding, and promoting apprenticeships to make apprenticeship accessible to employers and learners. The actions set out in the plan seek to deliver on a target of 10,000 apprenticeship registrations per annum by 2025. The Plan addresses the clear...

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Apprenticeship Programmes (13 Oct 2021)

Niall Collins: A core focus of my Department's Statement of Strategy is to enable individuals to access the skills required to progress in a way that meets the needs of our economy as it evolves and recovers. Central to this is the partnership approach between Government, Industry, the National Skills Council, the National Training Fund Advisory Group, the Regional Skills Fora and the Further and...

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Apprenticeship Programmes (13 Oct 2021)

Niall Collins: Currently, cypersecurity related apprenticeships are available at QQI qualification level 6 and level 8. Apprenticeships are contracts of employment and persons seeking to become registered apprentices must meet specified criteria in relation to educational attainment and other areas as specified by employers. Targeted supports to widen engagement with cybersecurity apprenticeships...

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Further and Higher Education (13 Oct 2021)

Niall Collins: Fostering Inclusion is one of the three core pillars of Future FET:Transforming Learning, the National FET Strategy 2020-2024 launched in July 2020.Work is continuing across the sector to enhance the inclusivity, accessibility and flexibility of FET provision. Within their annual service planning processes, the Education and Training Boards consider the needs of the most marginalised groups...

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Further and Higher Education (13 Oct 2021)

Niall Collins: The further education and training (FET) sector plays a critical role in labour market activation and in upskilling and reskilling people. This role is particularly important as we respond to the impacts of COVID-19 and to the skills challenges associated with workplace changes, particularly related to the climate and digital transitions. The national Strategy, Future FET Transforming...

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Apprenticeship Programmes (13 Oct 2021)

Niall Collins: As a demand driven programme, the number of apprentice placements is determined by employers within the construction sector. In recent years, annual intake in construction related apprenticeships has steadily been increasing, from a low of 650 in 2010 rising to 3,499 in 2019. The impact of Covid-19 and the closure of the construction sector in March 2020 impacted heavily on apprentice...

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Apprenticeship Programmes (13 Oct 2021)

Niall Collins: The Action Plan for Apprenticeship 2021-2025 was launched on 19th April and sets out a five year plan which sets out new ways of structuring, funding, and promoting apprenticeships to make apprenticeship accessible to employers and learners. The actions set out in the plan seek to deliver on a target of 10,000 apprenticeship registrations per annum by 2025. The Plan will address the...

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Apprenticeship Programmes (13 Oct 2021)

Niall Collins: The information requested by the Deputy in relation to the details and progress of apprenticeships in development are contained in tabular form in attachment 1.There are now 62 apprenticeships available for employers and learners with 17 apprenticeships currently known to be in development as of the first week of October 2021. <a...

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Apprenticeship Programmes (13 Oct 2021)

Niall Collins: Apprenticeship is an employer-led offering based on a contract of employment between the apprentice and their respective employer. The number of apprentices in any specific sector is therefore determined directly by employer provision. The Apprenticeship Incentivisation Scheme was established to ensure that apprenticeship plays a key part in supporting economic recovery during and...

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Pension Provisions (13 Oct 2021)

Niall Collins: 151. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the status of a matter (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [50036/21]

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Education and Training Provision (13 Oct 2021)

Niall Collins: The €3m Training Fund, proposed by the Chairman of the Labour Court in the context of the liquidation of Debenhams Ireland, was endorsed by the former workers in May 2021. The Fund will be financed from the National Training Fund and the necessary approval of the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform has been obtained. It will operate for 2 years providing support for career...

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Apprenticeship Programmes (13 Oct 2021)

Niall Collins: The 62 existing apprenticeships are available at levels 5-10 of the National Framework of Qualifications, with a scheduled apprenticeship duration of between 2 and 4 years. The exact number of registrations leading to a specific standing level of apprentice population will be dependant on the mix of two year and four year programmes. Assuming equal registrations of craft (4 year) and...

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