Wednesday, 12 May 2021
Department of Education and Skills
192. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills further to Parliamentary Question No. 147 of 6 May 2021, if his Department or an agency under his aegis monitors the price of Safepass courses; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24940/21]
SafePass training is delivered by private training organisations which have been approved by SOLAS to deliver training. Course fees are determined by these Approved Training Organisations (ATOs) and the Department and SOLAS have no role in the setting of fees for SafePass courses or in influencing pricing structure within the market place. As such, the prices of courses are not monitored on an ongoing basis.
SafePass courses are currently being delivered in compliance with strict COVID-19 measures which include a reduction in maximum numbers of learners who may physically attend a course. In a number of cases this has led to a temporary increase in course costs for individual learners.