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Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Student Accommodation (29 Sep 2021)

Niall Collins: I am acutely aware of the challenges facing students with regard to securing accommodation. A number of factors are exacerbating the problem this year including houses previously rented to students being rented to year-round tenants, a reluctance by people to rent rooms in their houses to students due to Covid concerns, and higher education institutions in general not offering shared...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Pension Provisions (28 Sep 2021)

Niall Collins: 238. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the way in which a person (details supplied) can obtain their records for pension purposes; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46718/21]

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Community Employment Schemes (28 Sep 2021)

Niall Collins: 493. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if she is planning to make changes to the community employment programme; if so, the details of same; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [45967/21]

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Apprenticeship Programmes (28 Sep 2021)

Niall Collins: I propose to take Questions Nos. 541 and 544 together. Craft apprenticeships account for 25 of the 62 existing available apprenticeship programmes. They comprise of a standard seven phase programme of alternating on-the-job and off-the-job phases. The off-the-job training for these programmes is delivered in Training Centres, Institutes of Technology and Technological Universities. Given the...

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Student Accommodation (28 Sep 2021)

Niall Collins: I propose to take Questions Nos. 542, 549 and 556 together. I am acutely aware of the challenges facing students with regard to securing accommodation. The National Student Accommodation Strategy is designed to ensure that there is an increased level of supply of purpose built student accommodation. Several of the actions in this strategy centre around ensuring that HEIs have access...

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Apprenticeship Programmes (28 Sep 2021)

Niall Collins: I propose to take Questions Nos. 543 and 546 together. A total of 33,481 apprentices were registered from 1Jan 2015 to 31 August 2021. 3,801 apprentices withdrew from apprenticeships between 2015 and 2020. Apprentices end their registration for a variety of reasons including failed assessments, pursuing another career or educational programme or personal reasons such as serious illness etc....

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Third Level Costs (28 Sep 2021)

Niall Collins: The complex nature of the student grant scheme means that there is a risk that some students receive grant payments for which they are not eligible, including for reasons beyond the direct control of SUSI. To mitigate the risk of overpayments, SUSI implements procedural and system-based controls within its application assessment and grant payment operations. A highly developed quality...

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Departmental Expenditure (28 Sep 2021)

Niall Collins: The course provider in question was offering programmes which bring emerging leaders together from a variety of sectors in an experiential format and, as such, was meeting training needs identified for staff in my Department. The scale of the expenditure involved meant that it was not necessary to carry out a procurement involving advertisement on etenders for this work. OneLearning,...

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Departmental Expenditure (28 Sep 2021)

Niall Collins: Prior to the current National Development Plan (NDP), there was no dedicated capital investment envelope for the further education and training (FET) sector. The most urgent issues were addressed as part of the Department of Education’s school building programme (plus a small equipment allocation) but there was little opportunity to take a strategic or long-term approach to...

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Third Level Education (28 Sep 2021)

Niall Collins: In relation to clinical psychology, I understand that the sponsor pays 60% of the course fee, with the student paying the balance of 40%. I also understand that the salary payable to the student by the HSE over the three years of the course ranges from approx. €32,000 to approx. €39,000. In relation to Counselling courses in the higher education sector, the position is that...

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Third Level Costs (28 Sep 2021)

Niall Collins: The main support to students attending higher education is the Student Grant Scheme. Under the Student Grant Scheme, eligible candidates may receive funding, provided they are attending an approved course at an approved institution and meet the prescribed conditions of funding, including those which relate to nationality, residency, previous academic attainment (progression) and means The...

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Third Level Education (28 Sep 2021)

Niall Collins: The information requested by the Deputy is available in the table below. The numbers provided are those recorded on the HEA's Student Records System (SRS) and include enrolments in and graduates from graduate-entry dentistry as well as undergraduate dentistry. Year 1st Year Enrolments Graduates 2006/2007 65 2007/2008 ...

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Third Level Admissions (28 Sep 2021)

Niall Collins: The CAO process applications for undergraduate, and some postgraduate, courses on behalf of the Higher Education Institutions. Decisions on admissions are made by the HEIs who then instruct the CAO to make offers to successful candidates. Neither I nor my Department have a role in the operation of the CAO. I understand that the current process for queries to the CAO is via the general...

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Departmental Projects (28 Sep 2021)

Niall Collins: My Department is strongly committed to supporting the health of the population through the provision of graduates with the key competencies and skills to be effective in the health workforce, and support a range of clinical teams in our health services. In both 2020 and 2021, in response to the extraordinary circumstances faced by Leaving Certificate students, and in order to offset the...

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Student Accommodation (28 Sep 2021)

Niall Collins: The National Student Accommodation Strategy is designed to ensure that there is an increased level of supply of purpose built student accommodation to reduce the demand for accommodation in the private rental sector by both domestic and international students attending our Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). Several of the actions in this strategy centre around ensuring that HEIs have...

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Covid-19 Pandemic (28 Sep 2021)

Niall Collins: Following Government approval, I published A Safe Return: Plan for a safe return to on-site Further and Higher Education and Research in 2021/22 on June 15th. The Safe Return Plan can be accessed at the following link: www.gov.ie/en/publication/bcd91-a-safe-return-to-on-site-fur ther-and-higher-education-and-research/. The plan, which emerged following extensive and productive discussions...

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Departmental Reports (28 Sep 2021)

Niall Collins: My Department's Statement of Strategy, which I published on 8 March last, contains a commitment to put in place a sustainable funding model for the higher education. This is essential in ensuring that our higher education institutions can effectively meet high standards of quality and performance, and achieve critical outcomes for our economy and society. The report referred to in the...

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Covid-19 Pandemic (28 Sep 2021)

Niall Collins: Following Government approval, I published A Safe Return: Plan for a safe return to on-site Further and Higher Education and Research in 2021/22 on June 15th. The Safe Return Plan can be accessed at the following link: www.gov.ie/en/publication/bcd91-a-safe-return-to-on-site-fur ther-and-higher-education-and-research/. The plan, which emerged following extensive and productive discussions...

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Third Level Admissions (28 Sep 2021)

Niall Collins: The CAO process applications for undergraduate courses on behalf of the Higher Education Institutions. Decisions on admissions are made by the HEIs who then instruct the CAO to make offers to successful candidates. Neither I nor my Department have a role in the operation of the CAO, and it is not within our remit to determine CAO points levels, which are determined by the grades received by...

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Covid-19 Pandemic (28 Sep 2021)

Niall Collins: The Safe Return Plan for further and higher education, which was agreed following extensive discussions between sectoral representatives, institutions, public health, students, staff and other stakeholders was published on the 15th June. The Safe Return Plan can be accessed at the following link: www.gov.ie/en/publication/bcd91-a-safe-return-to-on-site-fur...

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