Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Questions (90)

Bernard Durkan

Question:

90. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the total number of apprenticeships made available throughout the country in each of the past five years and to date in 2013; the extent to which this has met the demand; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42769/13]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

I am informed that the number of apprentices registered by employers in the past 5 years, as well as the total apprentice population for each year is as follows:

Year

Registrations

Apprenticeship population

2008

3,765

26,170

2009

1,535

21,407

2010

1,204

14,801

2011

1,307

13,001

2012

1,434

8,862

2013

1,266 (year to date)

7,725 (year to date)

The above figures also include the relevant data for this year to date. I understand that the equivalent year to date figure for apprentice registrations for 2012 was 1,010 which indicates a 25% increase in 2013.

Under the Action Plan for Jobs my Department has commissioned a review of the Apprenticeship Programme. The consultative phase of the Review has invited submissions from stakeholders in Apprenticeship, and the review will address three key themes:

Consideration of the strengths and weaknesses of the current model of apprenticeship and what improvements can be made to its current structure.

An examination of the alternative methods of work-based training in Ireland.

Consideration of the structural mechanisms, and criteria, under which collaboration with industry/employers can be pursued into the future, either through improved, alternative or complementary models of work-based training.

It is expected that the group leading the review will complete its work before the end of the year.