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Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Apprenticeship Programmes (10 Nov 2021)

Niall Collins: The Wind Turbine Maintenance apprenticeship programme was submitted to Quality and Qualifications Ireland in June of this year for validation at level 6 NFQ. The apprenticeship is expected to commence in Q1, 2022, subject to completion of validation.  The coordinating provider and education representative on the consortium is Kerry Education and Training Board and it is Kerry...

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Apprenticeship Programmes (9 Nov 2021)

Niall Collins: The workforce required to support the level of retrofit activity as set out in the Climate Action Plan includes individuals with a wide range of skills from insulation operatives, craft workers, engineering and legal professionals among others. Education and training to support skills development for retrofit is delivered across the entire spectrum of the tertiary education and training...

Written Answers — Department of Justice and Equality: Visa Applications (9 Nov 2021)

Niall Collins: 541. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality if advice can be provided in relation to obtaining a visa to come to Ireland as per a scenario (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [54605/21]

Written Answers — Department of Rural and Community Development: Proposed Legislation (9 Nov 2021)

Niall Collins: 730. To ask the Minister for Rural and Community Development the current status of the Bill aimed at indemnifying farmers against liability for walkers on their property; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [54087/21]

Written Answers — Department of Rural and Community Development: Proposed Legislation (9 Nov 2021)

Niall Collins: 731. To ask the Minister for Rural and Community Development the current status of the Bill aimed at indemnifying farmers against liability for walkers on their property; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [54088/21]

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Tax Code (4 Nov 2021)

Niall Collins: 225. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will address a matter raised in correspondence in relation to a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [53752/21]

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Passport Services (2 Nov 2021)

Niall Collins: 410. To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the reason an application by a person (details supplied) was incorrectly cancelled; if he will immediately reinstate this application; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [52092/21]

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Special Educational Needs (2 Nov 2021)

Niall Collins: 480. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the budget number of ASD units in primary and national schools for 2022; the number of such schools in County Limerick that have ASD units; the number of applications with her Department for funding for the provision of ASD units in County Limerick; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [52146/21]

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: School Facilities (2 Nov 2021)

Niall Collins: 545. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills when a lease will issue to a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [52870/21]

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Schools Building Projects (2 Nov 2021)

Niall Collins: 546. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of and position regarding her Department's contacts with a school (details supplied) in respect of the need for a new building programme at the school; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [52908/21]

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Personal Public Service Numbers (2 Nov 2021)

Niall Collins: 586. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection when a PPS number will issue for a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [52293/21]

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Departmental Projects (2 Nov 2021)

Niall Collins: The Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre of Excellence (AMTCE) in Dundalk is one of the collaborative partnerships being supported by SOLAS under the Innovation through Collaboration Fund which is part of the Skills to Advance initiative. The partnerships involve collaboration by the Education and Training Boards with the private sector, researchers and academics to meet the skills needs...

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Cross-Border Co-operation (2 Nov 2021)

Niall Collins: As part of the Action Plan for Apprenticeship 2021-2025 I committed to assessing the potential for cross-border apprenticeship programmes to enhance Ireland’s ability to respond to skills needs as an all-island economy by the end of Q1 2022. Ireland operates as a small open economy and the ability of our graduate apprentices to operate on an international stage will be encouraged. The...

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Further and Higher Education (2 Nov 2021)

Niall Collins: City of Dublin ETB advised my officials that the adult learners in the Donnycarney Centre approached the Board's staff as a preformed group requesting assistance as the funding for their programme had ceased. The current position is that following an initial assessment of the learners in the Donnycarney Centre, City of Dublin ETB is providing a combined programme incorporating elements of...

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Departmental Strategies (2 Nov 2021)

Niall Collins: The strategy for construction services refers to a scheduled reform programme within SOLAS. The overarching SOLAS strategy remains one of supporting the construction sector through on-going provision of safe pass training, training and assessment through the Construction Skills Certification Scheme and Quarrying Skills Certification Schemes in addition to skills development as relevant to...

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Departmental Policies (2 Nov 2021)

Niall Collins: In March, Government approved the development of a licensing model for individuals working on certain construction and quarrying related activities, replacing the existing construction and quarrying skills certification schemes. Government also approved moving to preparation of the general scheme of a bill to establish the model. Work is now underway and I plan in the coming weeks to...

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Departmental Programmes (2 Nov 2021)

Niall Collins: I propose to take Questions Nos. 671 and 672 together. General provision in areas such as green skills and sustainability is ongoing across the Tertiary Education sector, with some 50+ programmes already running across the sector aimed at construction professionals at all stages of their career. This includes on-site retrofit programmes in Waterford Wexford ETB and Laois Offaly ETB,...

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Education and Training Provision (2 Nov 2021)

Niall Collins: The matter of registered gas installers is for the Commission for Regulation of Utilities, the statutorily independent regulator of the energy sector. The CRU has appointed The Register of Gas Installers of Ireland (R.G.I.I.) as The Gas Safety Supervisory Body (GSSB). Matters in relation to the recognition of qualifications and registration should be directed to the R.G.I.I..

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Education and Training Provision (2 Nov 2021)

Niall Collins: The NTF Advisory Group was established in line with the recommendations from Indecon in their review of the NTF, that such a Group be established to submit recommendations to the National Skills Council on NTF priorities. This advisory group is a permanent resourced structure to optimise enterprise engagement on NTF priorities. It consists of key stakeholders from a range of employer...

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Apprenticeship Programmes (2 Nov 2021)

Niall Collins: I propose to take Questions Nos. 687 and 688 together. Education and training relevant to skills needs in the construction sector is delivered across the full remit of Further and Higher Education (through apprenticeship; non-apprenticeship further education and training (FET) and Higher Education (HE)) and through main stream education and training as well as through specific programmes...

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