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Thursday, 8 February 2024

Department of Education and Skills

Adult Education Provision

Photo of Michael Healy-RaeMichael Healy-Rae (Kerry, Independent)
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345. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on the contract negotiations of an organisation (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5776/24]

Photo of Niall CollinsNiall Collins (Limerick County, Fianna Fail)
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The regularisation of the role of adult education tutors in Education and Training Boards is a priority for me and my Department.

As the Deputy will be aware, a proposal issued to staff representatives last year to establish a new grade of adult educator, with a standardised pay scale aligned with the Youthreach resource person scale. This grade will apply to tutors employed in ETBs to deliver FET programmes, who are currently employed under a variety of terms and conditions. The provision of a pay scale will allow for incremental progression and a career path for Tutors in the further education and training sector.

The implementation of the proposal has been the subject of further negotiations with staff representatives. A key issue raised related to incremental progression. My Department and the Department of Education, which has regulatory responsibility for the ETB sector currently, have recently submitted an updated proposal to the Department of Public Expenditure, National Development Plan Delivery and Reform. The award of Building Momentum increases due to those tutors on SOLAS-funded programmes who are paid on self-financing rates will also be addressed as part of this process. Officials are engaging on the updated proposal and it is hoped to conclude this matter at the earliest opportunity.

Each of the over 2,800 tutors employed across the ETBs will have the option to avail of the proposal and assimilate on to the proposed new adult educator pay scale or remain on his or her existing arrangements.


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