Dún Laoghaire community college provides a post leaving certificate course in security management. It is provided outside the third level sector and, consequently, students are not eligible for grant support under the terms of the third level grants schemes.
To provide a scheme for PLC students along the lines of the third level scheme would cost in excess of £10 million per annum. My Department is already providing over £35 million this year towards the running costs of PLC courses, including a provision for the abolition of course fees.
Due to overall resource constraints I am unable to provide grant support for PLC students.