Written answers

Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Department of Education and Skills

English Language Training Organisations

Photo of Michael McGrathMichael McGrath (Cork South Central, Fianna Fail)
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221. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if a matter raised in correspondence will receive a response (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10818/20]

Photo of Niall CollinsNiall Collins (Limerick County, Fianna Fail)
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227. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on matters raised in correspondence (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10982/20]

Cathal Crowe (Clare, Fianna Fail)
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239. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if consideration will be given to the recovery document prepared by representatives of the English language industry here (details supplied). [11064/20]

Paul McAuliffe (Dublin North West, Fianna Fail)
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269. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans for additional supports to the English language industry. [11233/20]

Photo of Joe McHughJoe McHugh (Donegal, Fine Gael)
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y Department is conscious of the issues in the English language education sector arising from the Covid-19 outbreak and has established a specific Working Group for this sector. This group is comprised of representatives of relevant Government Departments and representatives of both students and English language education providers.

As part of this process, the representative bodies for English language education providers have engaged with the Working Group surrounding their proposals for supports to aid the recovery of this sector. In this forum, the providers have been advised of the measures introduced by Government, as part of the wider Covid-19 response, to support businesses at this time. These measures include the temporary wages subsidy scheme to facilitate employers to keep employees on the payroll throughout the Covid-19 pandemic in order to retain this link for when business increases after the crisis. This scheme is administered by the Revenue Commissioners and is available to providers in the English language education sector. Additionally for those staff in this sector who have lost their jobs because of the pandemic, they are eligible to apply for the Government’s Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment.

Further to the above, the provider representatives have been advised of the eligibility of businesses in this sector to apply, where appropriate, for further business supports made available by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation via Enterprise Ireland and through its network of Local Enterprise Offices.

My Department will continue to engage with provider representatives as we move forwards and prepare for re-opening of the sector.

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