Written Answers. - FÁS Training Programmes.

Willie Penrose

Question:

84 Mr. Penrose asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the reason she has not taken steps to ensure that FÁS or Enterprise Ireland provide training schemes or incentives for small industries engaged in manufacturing which have ten people or less in their employment; if such training schemes are put in place; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [15169/02]

County enterprise boards have responsibility for companies with under ten employees in the areas of international services and manufacturing, other than those identified as high potential start-ups. The boards are also involved in the local provision of management training for small enterprises through training programmes delivered by qualified trainers usually from a number of outside agencies or third level institutions.

FÁS is responsible for apprenticeships and traineeships in all companies. FÁS also provides a training support scheme for firms, regardless of the number of employees, engaged in sectors related to business services, including the motor, retail, wholesale, insurance, auctioneer-valuer-real estate, advertising, contract cleaning, transport, postal, telegraph and radio communications, logistics and storage and warehousing sectors. Grants are usually a percentage of the training cost and companies with between one and 50 employees are given 70% towards the cost of approved courses.

Enterprise Ireland is responsible for companies with over ten employees in the manufacturing and internationally traded services sectors and high potential start-up companies. Enterprise Ireland also works closely with county enterprise boards to ensure that high potential start-up companies are assisted to develop to their full potential. Enterprise Ireland works with county enterprise boards, where relevant, to deliver specific technology, marketing and human resource supports to those companies.