Wednesday, 3 February 2010
Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment
FÁS Training Programmes
Question 176: To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment if her attention has been drawn to the fact that redundant apprentices from a company (details supplied) are still awaiting further communication from FÁS in relation to the completion of their apprenticeships; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [5623/10]
Dara Calleary (Minister of State with special responsibility for Public Service Transformation and Labour Affairs, Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment; Mayo, Fianna Fail)
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SR Technics redundant apprentices can be categorized into 2 distinct groups of Aircraft Mechanics (Groups 1 & 2) and one group of Mechanical Automation & Maintenance Fitters.
23 redundant apprentice aircraft mechanics (Group 1) are scheduled to commence Phase 6 off-the-job training in Dublin Institute of Technology (D.I.T.) on 22 February 2010. 26 redundant apprentice aircraft mechanics (Group 2) completed a special Phase 4 off-the-job training programme in D.I.T. in September 2009. This group of redundant apprentices will be provided with Phase 6 training commencing in February 2011. The provision of on-the-job training opportunities for redundant Aircraft Mechanics Apprentices is currently under discussion between my Department and FÁS.
Of the 6 redundant apprentice Mechanical Automation & Maintenance fitters:
1 apprentice has secured employment and is currently on Phase 4 off-the-job training.
2 apprentices are currently on Phase 4 off-the-job training.
1 apprentice has been scheduled to do Phase 4 off-the-job training in April 2010.
1 apprentice completed Phase 6 off-the-job training in December 2009.
1 apprentice is currently referred and is required to re-sit outstanding assessments before he can progress in his apprenticeship.
All apprentices are instructed to keep in regular contact with their FÁS Training Advisor and to keep FÁS informed of all details relating to his/her apprenticeship.