Written answers

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Department of Education and Science

Departmental Agencies

5:00 am

Photo of Fergus O'DowdFergus O'Dowd (Louth, Fine Gael)
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Question 97: To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills the number of face to face interviews carried out by FÁS in 2009 and to date in 2010; the number of applicants who were interviewed; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [45113/10]

Photo of Seán HaugheySeán Haughey (Minister of State, Department of Education and Science; Minister of State, Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment; Dublin North Central, Fianna Fail)
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The information requested by the Deputy is set out in the table.

YearTotal number of face-to-face interviews carried out by the National Employment Service (NES)*Total Number of 'Applicants' interviewed face-to-face **
2009301,661205,835
2010 (As at October)362,299208,017

* The National Employment Service (NES) comprises FÁS and the Local Employment Service (LES) in the provision of services to job seekers.

** Data provided for 'Applicants' is a count of the number of clients who received a guidance interview in the given year. Individual applicants may have received more than one interview.

Photo of Fergus O'DowdFergus O'Dowd (Louth, Fine Gael)
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Question 98: To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills if she will provide an outline of each service provided by FÁS which falls within the remit of her Department; the projected expenditure of FÁS in the current year for each area; the number of persons employed by FÁS in the delivery of these services; the number of persons assisted under each area in 2009 and to date in 2010; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [45114/10]

Photo of Seán HaugheySeán Haughey (Minister of State, Department of Education and Science; Minister of State, Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment; Dublin North Central, Fianna Fail)
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As the National Employment and Training authority, the services provided by FÁS can be outlined as follows: Training services including the delivery of courses tailored to the needs of jobseekers looking for employment and for those who are in employment including specially designed training interventions to allow Apprentices to qualify as craftspeople. Employment services including the delivery of Community-based employment and training programmes to allow for accessible learning in local areas, as well as jobsearch facilities including guidance and resources for jobseekers with access to job vacancies, online CV profiling for employers and effective CV-to-job matching.

The FÁS 2010 budget for direct service delivery in each of these areas is set out in table 1. Table 2 sets out the number of beneficiaries of FÁS training and employment programmes in 2009 and in 2010 as at the end of September. Table 3 sets out the number of persons interviewed by the National Employment Service (NES) in 2009 and 2010 as at the end of October 2010. Finally, table 4 sets out the number of persons employed by FÁS in the delivery of training, employment and community services as well as providing a total complement of the Agency including all support services. Table 1

Training Services€381.4 million
Employment Services€54.2 million
Community Services€421.9 million
Integration support services funded by FÁS for the delivery of training and employment initiatives€14.0 million
TOTAL€871.5 million

Table 2

Number of persons assisted* in FÁS Training and Employment Programmes
YearTraining ProgrammesEmployment Programmes
2009129,988**49,012
2010 (end of September)115,915***45,118

* The figures indicated in table 2 include persons currently in training or

employment programmes, those who have completed their programmes and those who dropped out.

** Includes 14,944 persons who completed phase 2, 4 or 6 of off-the-job apprenticeship training.

*** Includes 8,390 persons who completed phase 2, 4 or 6 of off-the-job apprenticeship training.

Table 3

Total Number of persons interviewed by the National Employment Service*
2009205,835
2010 (end of October)208,017

* The National Employment Service (NES) comprises FÁS and the Local Employment Service (LES) in the provision of services to jobseekers.

Table 4

FÁS StaffingNumber of persons employed
Overall (including support services)1985.84
Training Services898.98
Employment Services478.12
Community Services224.18
Policy Support Unit for Employment and Community Services70.82

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