Written answers

Thursday, 17 December 2020

Department of Education and Skills

Apprenticeship Programmes

Rose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein)
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464. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the number of registered employers in the apprenticeship programme; the number of active employers in the programme; the number of apprenticeship participants by type and county in each of the years 2017 to 2019, inclusive; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44599/20]

Photo of Niall CollinsNiall Collins (Limerick County, Fianna Fail)
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The apprentice register does not hold a record of the information requested in a readily accessible form. A review of the registered apprentices and employers for that time period is being undertaken and the information will be forwarded to the Deputy once available.

Rose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein)
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465. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the number of mature student apprentices currently enrolled; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44600/20]

Photo of Niall CollinsNiall Collins (Limerick County, Fianna Fail)
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As of the end of the November there are 19,300 registered apprentices. 637 of which (just over 3%) are mature apprentices.

Rose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein)
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466. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the number of new apprentices enrolled since the announcement of July stimulus; the way in which the number compares to the same time period in 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44601/20]

Photo of Niall CollinsNiall Collins (Limerick County, Fianna Fail)
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The Apprenticeship Incentivisation Scheme (AIS) was funded under the July Stimulus Package and launched in August of this year. Following the announcement of the scheme 2,511 apprentices were registered in the three month period from September to November, compared with a figure of 2,173 new registrations for the same period in 2019.

Employers who registered apprentices on or after the 1stMarch 2020 are included within the scheme, there are currently 3,733 apprentices registered in that time period. As of 30th November 1,136 AIS claims have been submitted in respect of approximately 1,900 apprentices and a total of €1.618m has been paid to employers.

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