Written answers

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment

FÁS Training Programmes

8:00 pm

Photo of Fergus O'DowdFergus O'Dowd (Louth, Fine Gael)
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Question 194: To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment if she will make a statement on the decision of the City and Guilds to temporarily suspend accreditation of courses in the north east following the FÁS internal audit report (details supplied); the companies involved; and the cost of the course to the State. [38091/09]

Photo of Mary CoughlanMary Coughlan (Tánaiste; Minister, Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment; Donegal South West, Fianna Fail)
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I understand from FÁS that it requested City and Guilds to review the assessment material on courses run by the contractor in question. While the review of the material was taking place City and Guilds temporarily suspended certification of the courses at the centre of the controversy. This is standard procedure and was applied before any certificates were issued to the participants concerned.

Certification of the courses was reinstated following verification reports submitted to City and Guilds on completion of the review. I understand that there was no further suspension subsequent to the release of the FÁS Internal Audit Report in February 2009. I further understand that for legal reasons the company involved cannot be named. The costs of delivering the courses in question are set out in the following table.

Contract NumberCourseLocationDateTrainer FeeTrainee Allowances
0737Legal SecretaryDrogheda3/4/06 – 20/10/06€46,400€63,502
0769Computer Aided DesignCootehill24/4/06 – 1/12/06€60,160€92,137
0927Legal SecretaryCootehill18/9/06 – 13/4/07€52,780€59,216
1032Office AdministrationBallivor9/10/06 – 22/6/07€53,280€103,116
0964Computerised Accounts & PayrollDundalk8/1/07 – 15/6/07€40,480€67,735
1227Office AdministrationNavan2/4/07 – 7/12/07€50,400€115,368

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