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Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Human Rights (9 Sep 2021)

Niall Collins: 450. To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if his attention has been drawn to the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42518/21]

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: School Staff (9 Sep 2021)

Niall Collins: 547. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of a matter (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42219/21]

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: School Curriculum (9 Sep 2021)

Niall Collins: 556. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if her Department deems the content of a CSPE school book (details supplied) being used in Irish schools appropriate; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42287/21]

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: School Staff (9 Sep 2021)

Niall Collins: 590. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if she and her Department can investigate, advise and provide a solution to an issue in relation to a teacher (details supplied) at a school; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42653/21]

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

Niall Collins: The response to COVID-19 has accelerated digital transformation, changing the nature and capabilities required for occupations. Upskilling and reskilling are a key Government priority to foster an inclusive recovery and to support the digital and green transitions, key commitments in the Programme for Government. Lifelong learning lies at the heart of Ireland’s and the EU’s...

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Further and Higher Education (9 Sep 2021)

Niall Collins: The additional 50,000 education and training places referred to in Pathways to Work form part of the Government’s response to the labour market and skills effects of the pandemic. A range of measures were introduced as a response to upskilling and reskilling needs of individuals and businesses through the July Jobs Stimulus and Budget 2021. These measures are providing for...

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Further and Higher Education (9 Sep 2021)

Niall Collins: I propose to take Questions Nos. 809, 835 and 836 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....

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

Niall Collins: The information in relation to the number of apprenticeship registrations in the construction sector from 2002 to 2020 and to date in 2021 are attached below along with a breakdown of registrations in each construction sector apprenticeship. Information in relation to the number of registrations prior to 2002 is unavailable.

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

Niall Collins: A number of reports have highlighted that the number of women employed in craft apprenticeships is low, reflecting the traditionally low levels of women represented across the craft sectors. There is a specific focus on female participation as part of the Generation Apprenticeship national promotional campaign. In addition, SOLAS offer a bursary of...

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

Niall Collins: Construction related apprentices are registered to the following craft apprenticeships: Brick and Stonelaying, Carpentry and Joinery, Painting and Decorating, Plastering, Plumbing, Stonecutting and Stonemasonry and Wood Manufacturing and Finishing. As of the end of June 2021 22 of the 5,048 construction apprentices were women. In addition 88 of the 7,583 electrical apprentices...

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

Niall Collins: Details of public sector procurement contracts are not held by my Department. The Action Plan for Aprrenticeship 2021-2025 which was published in April 2021 contains a provision that the Strategic Procurement Advisory Group, chaired by the Office of Government Procurement, will consider the potential for measures supporting apprenticeship through public sector procurement and deliver guidance...

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

Niall Collins: Apprenticeship is a demand driven educational and training programme which aims to develop the skills of an apprentice in order to meet the needs of industry and the labour market. The development of a new apprenticeship is employer-led, with consortia comprising employer groups and educational providers coming together to identify a skills need and appropriate apprenticeship response in...

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

Niall Collins: The Apprenticeship Jobs Portal (www.apprenticeshipjobs.ie) was launched in April 2019 to enhance the visibility and accessibility of apprentice job vacancies, and to assist small companies to advertise apprentice vacancies to a wide audience. Although not a matching system the platform is building traction month-on-month, with over 1,200 employers now registered on the site and over 250 job...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Medical Aids and Appliances (9 Sep 2021)

Niall Collins: 1389. To ask the Minister for Health when diabetics over the age of 21 years will receive Libre FreeStyle Sensors under the medical card, long-term illness or hardship scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42726/21]

Written Answers — Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Forestry Sector (9 Sep 2021)

Niall Collins: 1552. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the status of a matter (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42102/21]

Written Answers — Department of Finance: Primary Medical Certificates (27 Jul 2021)

Niall Collins: 313. To ask the Minister for Finance the status of the review in relation to the primary medical certificate; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39710/21]

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Youth Services (27 Jul 2021)

Niall Collins: Youthreach is part of a national programme of second-chance education and training designed for early school leavers. The aim of the programme is to help young people in the 16/21 age group to make the transition from school to work through the provision of co-ordinated foundation training, education and work experience. The programme includes a considerable amount of personal development and...

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Apprenticeship Programmes (27 Jul 2021)

Niall Collins: I propose to take Questions Nos. 1245 and 1281 together. Craft apprenticeships account for 25 of the 61 existing available apprenticeship programmes. The off-the-job training for these programmes is delivered in Training Centres or Institutes of Technology and Technological Universities. It is these programmes which were those most impacted by the shutdown of on-site learning activity in...

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Apprenticeship Programmes (27 Jul 2021)

Niall Collins: An Annual Student Contribution (ASC) is levied on all students attending Institutes of Technology (IoTs) and Technological Universities. The amount of ASC charged to apprentices is calculated on a pro rata basis of the time which they spend in the institution during the academic year. In cases where training is delivered in an Education and Training Board there is no contribution required...

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Departmental Funding (27 Jul 2021)

Niall Collins: The National Training Fund (NTF) Act, 2000 provides for a levy on employers to be used to fund the development of and raising of skills amongst those in, or seeking, employment. The reserve surplus of the NTF at the end of 2020 was €723m and by 2025 if expenditure remained stable (excluding Covid emergency spending) is expected to reach €1.8 billion. The operation of...

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