Written answers

Tuesday, 21 June 2022

Department of Public Expenditure and Reform

Apprenticeship Programmes

Photo of Rose Conway-WalshRose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein)
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193. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he plans to schedule an update of the review of participation in, and cost of, apprenticeships published in 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32438/22]

Photo of Michael McGrathMichael McGrath (Cork South Central, Fianna Fail)
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As the Deputy is aware, as part of the annual 2019 Spending Review process, DPER conducted a review of participation and costs associated with Apprenticeships.  The main aim of the Spending Review process, which is currently in its 2020-2022 cycle, is to continue to subject key policies and expenditure programmes across Government to critical assessment in support of the service-wide agenda of evidence-informed policy making. As per the previous cycles of the review process, programmes and areas to be assessed are selected by each Department on an annual basis.

  As part of this year’s Spending Review, the Department of  Public Expenditure and Reform, in collaboration with the Department of Further and Higher Education,  Research, Innovation and Science, are working on a paper on demographic  projections in Higher Education.  While not being examined this year as part of the Spending Review process, an update of the 2019 paper on Apprenticeship participation and costs may be considered as a potential topic for analysis in the future.

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