Written Answers. - Youthreach Projects.

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asked the Minister for Education the qualifications and experience required for staff being appointed by vocational education committees to operate Youthreach projects.

I have advised VECs to follow current practice in appointing staff to operate Youthreach projects. I have also advised that the special needs of participants should be borne in mind in selecting staff. I have not laid down any specific requirements with regard to qualifications and experience, except to specify that the educational components of the programme should be provided by qualified teachers.