99. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Education and Skills if it is technically possible to receive approval at EU level to support companies through an adjustment period caused by Brexit by adapting the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund to ensure exposed companies can avail of grant aid from the economic fallout of Brexit. (Question 20772/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - European Globalisation Fund)

Minister of State at the Department of Education and Skills (Deputy John Halligan): The European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) is an EU co-funding instrument to assist workers who are made redundant as a result of globalisation or due to a global financial and economic crisis.  
The EGF Regulation (EU No 1309/2013) provides that to be eligible for assistance there must be at least 500 redundancies in a specific company (including suppliers / downstream producers) in a 4 month period, or at...

175. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated average and full year cost per apprentice over a calendar year in State-funded craft and consortia led apprenticeships based on the latest data and participation levels. (Question 20096/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Apprenticeship Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Education and Skills (Deputy John Halligan) (Deputy John Halligan): It is estimated that the cost of training an apprentice in one of the existing craft apprenticeships is approximately €6,700 per annum and the cost of training an apprentice in one of the new consortia led apprenticeships is approximately €5,100 per annum.  The estimated annual cost of new consortia led apprenticeships may be subject to further refinement as greater numbers of these new pro...

111. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of an emergency works application by a school (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18443/18 asked on 26 Apr 2018 - Emergency Works Scheme Applications)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The application to which the Deputy refers is currently being examined in my Department.  A  decision will issue directly to the school authority as soon as possible.
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253. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of male and female apprentices in training by each employment sector and subsector at 31 March 2018, for craft based and consortia led apprenticeships in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18063/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - Apprenticeship Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy John Halligan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 253, 254 and 257 to 259, inclusive together.
The information requested by the Deputy is set out in the following tabular statements.
Apprenticeship
 Population at end: Mar-18 Female Male Grand Total Construction Total 5         3,039         3,044 Brick and Stonelaying 122            122 Cabinet Making 3                 3 Carpentry an...

254. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of new apprenticeship registrations in each employment sector and subsector in each of the years 2014 to 2017 and to 31 March 2018, for craft based apprenticeships in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18064/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - Apprenticeship Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy John Halligan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 253, 254 and 257 to 259, inclusive together.
The information requested by the Deputy is set out in the following tabular statements.
Apprenticeship
 Population at end: Mar-18 Female Male Grand Total Construction Total 5         3,039         3,044 Brick and Stonelaying 122            122 Cabinet Making 3                 3 Carpentry an...

255. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of male and female trainees enrolled by employment sector and subsector at 31 March 2018 for existing traineeships and new and relaunched traineeships in tabular form; the budget allocation in 2016, 2017, and 2018 for State funded traineeships; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18065/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - Apprenticeship Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy John Halligan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 255 and 256 together.
The Government is prioritising the expansion of traineeship offerings as part of the Action Plan to Expand Apprenticeship and Traineeship 2016-2020. At the end of 2017, an additional eight new traineeships had been developed in areas such as hospitality, engineering and animation. The programmes have been designed by ETBs working in collaborati...

256. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of live traineeship programmes forecast for all existing traineeships; the targeted new enrolments per annum; the forecasted cumulative number of traineeship programmes; the planned new enrolments per annum for new and relaunched traineeships in each of the years 2016 to 2020; and the number realised for existing traineeships and new and relaunched traineeships (details supplied) for these targets at 31 December 2017, in tabular form. (Question 18066/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - Apprenticeship Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy John Halligan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 255 and 256 together.
The Government is prioritising the expansion of traineeship offerings as part of the Action Plan to Expand Apprenticeship and Traineeship 2016-2020. At the end of 2017, an additional eight new traineeships had been developed in areas such as hospitality, engineering and animation. The programmes have been designed by ETBs working in collaborati...

257. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Education and Skills the targeted apprentice registrations forecasted for all craft based apprenticeships and registrations planned under new consortia led apprenticeship programmes; the number of existing and new apprenticeship programmes forecasted in each of the years 2016 to 2020; and the number of realised apprentice registrations and new programmes operationalised for these targets at 31 December 2016, 31 December 2017 and 31 March 2018, in tabular form. (Question 18067/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - Apprenticeship Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy John Halligan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 253, 254 and 257 to 259, inclusive together.
The information requested by the Deputy is set out in the following tabular statements.
Apprenticeship
 Population at end: Mar-18 Female Male Grand Total Construction Total 5         3,039         3,044 Brick and Stonelaying 122            122 Cabinet Making 3                 3 Carpentry an...

258. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Education and Skills the forecasted apprentice population in each employment sector and subsector in each of the years 2016 to 2020 by craft based and new consortia led apprenticeships; and the apprentice population at 31 December 2016, 31 December 2017 and 31 March 2018, in tabular form. (Question 18068/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - Apprenticeship Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy John Halligan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 253, 254 and 257 to 259, inclusive together.
The information requested by the Deputy is set out in the following tabular statements.
Apprenticeship
 Population at end: Mar-18 Female Male Grand Total Construction Total 5         3,039         3,044 Brick and Stonelaying 122            122 Cabinet Making 3                 3 Carpentry an...

259. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Education and Skills the State funding, that is, National Training Fund and Exchequer funding, allocated to craft based and consortia led apprenticeships by design, validation, training costs, off the job training and other costs incurred in each of the years 2015 to 2017 and to date in 2018, in tabular form. (Question 18069/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - Apprenticeship Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy John Halligan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 253, 254 and 257 to 259, inclusive together.
The information requested by the Deputy is set out in the following tabular statements.
Apprenticeship
 Population at end: Mar-18 Female Male Grand Total Construction Total 5         3,039         3,044 Brick and Stonelaying 122            122 Cabinet Making 3                 3 Carpentry an...

260. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the assessment by the Apprenticeship Council regarding the 77 proposals received in the second call for new apprenticeship categories which closed on 1 September 2017; the apprenticeships that have been approved for roll out; and the timeline for operationalising each new approved apprenticeship in tabular form. (Question 18070/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - Apprenticeship Programmes)

Minister of State at the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy John Halligan): This Government is committed to expanding the apprenticeship model into new sectors of the economy. A key commitment in our Action Plan to Expand Apprenticeship for last year was to issue a second call for apprenticeship proposals to refresh the pipeline of apprenticeship proposals established through the first call. The call closed on 1 September with 77 proposals received from a range of sectors,...

157. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to expand to a new shared apprenticeship scheme for the construction sector; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17308/18 asked on 19 Apr 2018 - Apprenticeship Programmes)

Minister of State at the Department of Education and Skills (Deputy John Halligan): Registrations on craft apprenticeships have grown strongly in recent years following a very significant collapse in the number of apprenticeship registrations between 2008-2011. SOLAS, in partnership with Construction Industry Federation (CIF) and Waterford Wexford Education and Training Board (WWETB), operated a pilot initiative in the last year to test the viability of a shared apprenticeship scheme.  Following...

158. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Education and Skills the participation rate in lifelong learning in each of the years 2014 to 2017 and to date in 2018, based on the latest data available; the EU average rate in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17313/18 asked on 19 Apr 2018 - Adult Education Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Education and Skills (Deputy John Halligan): The lifelong learning target set by the EU as part of ET2020 is based on the number of 25-64 year-olds who had engaged in formal or non-formal learning activities in the previous four weeks. The rates for Ireland and the EU 28 average are outlined in the table below.   The latest available data is for 2017 and is provisional (p) only.  
Lifelong Learning rate for adults (25-64 years), 2014-2017 (annual averages)
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159. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Education and Skills the percentage of persons in the labour force that have basic or above basic digital skills; the corresponding EU average rate based on the latest data available; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17314/18 asked on 19 Apr 2018 - Skills Development)

Minister of State at the Department of Education and Skills (Deputy John Halligan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 159 and 160 together. 
Table 1. Persons (%) in the labour force (employed and unemployed) with basic or above basic digital skills in Ireland and the EU: 
 2016 2017 European Union (28) 63 65 Ireland 50 55 

Source: Eurostat
Table 2. Persons (%) in employment* with basic or above basic digital skills in Ireland and the EU:
 - 2016 2017 European Union (...

160. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Education and Skills the percentage of persons in employment that have basic or above basic digital skills; the corresponding EU average rate based on the latest data available; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17315/18 asked on 19 Apr 2018 - Skills Development)

Minister of State at the Department of Education and Skills (Deputy John Halligan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 159 and 160 together. 
Table 1. Persons (%) in the labour force (employed and unemployed) with basic or above basic digital skills in Ireland and the EU: 
 2016 2017 European Union (28) 63 65 Ireland 50 55 

Source: Eurostat
Table 2. Persons (%) in employment* with basic or above basic digital skills in Ireland and the EU:
 - 2016 2017 European Union (...

210. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Education and Skills if primary schools are encouraged to participate in health screening carried out by the HSE; the reason a school would not participate in this programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13204/18 asked on 21 Mar 2018 - Health Screening Programmes)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): My Department does not operate the HSE health screening programme and I am not therefore in a position to comment on the matters raised by the Deputy or provide the details sought.
It appears that these matters would be more appropriate to my colleague, the Minister for Health. 
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211. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Education and Skills if a record is held within his Department of schools that do or do not participate in HSE health screening; if so, the details of the schools by county in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13205/18 asked on 21 Mar 2018 - Health Screening Programmes)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): My Department does not operate the HSE health screening programme and I am not therefore in a position to comment on the matters raised by the Deputy or provide the details sought.
It appears that these matters would be more appropriate to my colleague, the Minister for Health. 
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191. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Education and Skills if the recommendations of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Education and Skills will be implemented in order to allow those attending private colleges to receive SUSI grants; if so, when students of colleges (details supplied) can expect to receive grants; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6939/18 asked on 13 Feb 2018 - Oireachtas Joint Committee Recommendations)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The recommendations of the report have been considered in light of the wider Higher Education funding landscape including the Cassells Report and with regard to on-going priorities for funding in the Higher Education area. Many of the recommendations in the report will impact on the Higher Education budget and therefore the Department is not in a position to advance them at this time. 
As committed to in the Programme for Government, the...

115. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Education and Skills if a school (details supplied) is being considered for a new school on a greenfield site in view of its increasing pupil numbers and the fact that its lease is out in 2022; if so, the timeframe for same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6132/18 asked on 07 Feb 2018 - School Accommodation Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I can confirm that my Department received a major capital application from the school to which the Deputy refers for the development of a new school building.
A project for the school has not been included in my Department’s 6 Year Capital Programme and it is, therefore, not possible to provide an indicative timeframe for the delivery of a major project for the school at this time.
In regard to the increasing enrolements, I wish to advis...

105. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Education and Skills the actions being taken by his Department to resolve the shortage of secondary school places in Glanmire, County Cork and the greater area; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 2581/18 asked on 18 Jan 2018 - School Accommodation Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): As the Deputy may be aware, in order to plan for school provision and analyse the relevant demographic data, my Department divides the country into 314 school planning areas. My Department uses a Geographical Information System (GIS) to identify where the pressure for school places across the country will arise. The GIS uses data from a range of sources, including the Central Statistics Office, Ordnance Survey Ireland, the Department o...

106. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Education and Skills if the expansion of a school (details supplied) will be sanctioned in order to allow the necessary additional classrooms and buildings; the progress of this project; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 2582/18 asked on 18 Jan 2018 - School Accommodation Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I wish to advise the Deputy that my Department is aware of the school referred to and the request for improved accommodation. In that regard, my Department is in ongoing contact with the school on the matter.
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169. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of participating schools implementing a healthy schools action plan. (Question 53797/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Schools Healthy Living Strategies)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): My Department is supportive of the promotion of healthy lifestyles in schools and has issued circulars to support and strengthen schools’ efforts in developing in young people the skills and attitudes needed to make informed decisions about their health.
Schools and the wider education sector in conjunction with parents and families have a crucial role to play in supporting students to make healthy choices. Through their primary and pos...

174. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Education and Skills if first aid training will become compulsory for all physically capable teachers and SNAs (details supplied) through Government funding; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 52846/17 asked on 12 Dec 2017 - Schools Health and Safety)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): Under the provisions of the Education Act 1998, the Board of Management is the body charged with the direct governance of a school. 
The Board of Management of each school is responsible for the care and safety of all of the students in their school and care and safety should be at the centre of all policy and practices.
The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) advise that, by law, employers and those who control workplaces to any extent, m...

51. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Education and Skills his views on to teachers’ claims that there is inadequate time to deliver the junior cycle syllabus to pupils. (Question 51896/17 asked on 06 Dec 2017 - Junior Cycle Reform)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I am satisfied that there is sufficient time within the timetable for teachers and schools to provide and deliver a broad junior cycle programme in schools.  The Junior Cycle subject specifications and syllabuses set out the minimum time to be allocated to subjects and short courses. Subject to meeting these minimum thresholds, schools have flexibility in allocating time to subjects. 
Most subjects in the new Framework for Junior Cycle w...

84. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of an appeal by a school (details supplied); when a decision will be made; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 47359/17 asked on 09 Nov 2017 - School Accommodation Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I am pleased to inform the Deputy that an additional mainstream classroom has recently been approved for the school in question and the school authority have been informed.
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