Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Questions (116)

Michael Creed

Question:

115 Deputy Michael Creed asked the Minister for Education and Skills the nature of the arrangements between a third level college and company (details supplied); the recourse available to students who have been adversely impacted by the financial collapse of the company involved; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35862/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Education and Skills)

I understand that the students of the Pilot Training College (PTC) in Waterford undertake a 3 year BSc (Hons) in Airline Transport Operations in conjunction with Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT). There are 8 students currently on this course.

PTC is responsible for the recruitment of students onto the programmes and students pay course fees directly to that company, not to WIT.

I further understand that on behalf of the students WIT has sought to obtain clarity from PTC on the arrangements it intends to put in place to ensure students can complete their study and has also asked PTC for an undertaking that, in the event that it fails to resume the course in full, it is in a position to refund all fees paid by the students to the Company.