Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Questions (61)

Aengus Ó Snodaigh

Question:

61. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Education and Skills the reason two local training initiatives that are held in a youth centre (details supplied) in Dublin 12 and have in excess of 30 participants signed up are being blocked from commencing the courses; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23865/14]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The City of Dublin Education and Training Board (CDETB) was established in July 2013 and the CDETB now has responsibility for the planning and delivery of services previously delivered by the former VECs and FAS training centres in Dublin 12. I understand that the Youth Centre in question currently has two local training initiatives operating under the LEAP programme and the Horizon programme, with a total of 36 places available. The LEAP programme is a FETAC level 4 programme in information and communications technology. The course is 30 weeks in duration. It is a full time course and is delivered using a co-ordinator and an assistant co-ordinator on site. The Horizon programme is also a FETAC level 4 major award in employment skills. This course is 30 weeks in duration.

I am informed that recently both programmes, have experienced difficulties in attracting a sufficient number of eligible learners. The programmes were due to commence on the 12th of May, however the start day was delayed by two weeks due to insufficient numbers of participants and I understand that a new start date of 16th June has been put in place to allow sufficient time to complete the recruitment process. In addition to the fact that there are currently insufficient numbers for these programmes, I also understand from CDETB that there are a number of other issues with programme delivery which CDETB is working with the centre in question to address.