Tuesday, 11 June 2019
Department of Education and Skills
232. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the level of expenditure on travel and subsistence paid out by SOLAS to each ETB since the ETBs were formed in 2014; the allocated budget for each year since the formation of each ETB; the spend per year for each ETB; the allocated budget per year for each of the FÁS/SOLAS training centres; the spend per year; when the initial budget was expended and had to be topped up; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23423/19]
The funding allocation from SOLAS to Education and Training Boards (ETBs) supports the delivery of key functions within the further education and training sector. The provision enables the management, administration, coordination and delivery of training which is located within the overall geographical area of an ETB. Former SOLAS training centres were transferred to 11 of the 16 ETBs but all ETBs fund and co-ordinate the delivery of training in their areas.
SOLAS allocates grants in respect of each training programme to the 16 Education Training Boards which includes provision for the travel and subsistence referred to by the Deputy. SOLAS does not make a separate allocation for ETB travel and subsistence.
Details of travel and subsistence expenditure funded from the training budget has been sought from the individual ETBs and I have arranged that it will be compiled and forwarded to the Deputy when completed.