Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Questions (260)

Jonathan O'Brien

Question:

260. Deputy Jonathan O'Brien asked the Minister for Education and Skills the reason St. John Bosco Youth Centre, Davitt Road, Drimnagh, Dublin 12 has been blocked from allowing 30 young persons to start on courses by a person (details supplied); if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the courses provide a full certificate FETAC level 4 for students who are mostly early school leavers; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that current guidelines do not state that there must be a minimum number of students participating; the reason they are not allowed accept students who are age 17 years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24694/14]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

This is an operational matter for the City of Dublin Education Training Board (CDETB). I am informed by the CDETB that St. John Bosco Youth Centre currently receives funding for two Local Training Initiative programmes operating out of the premises on Davitt road. These programmes have been funded and supported by the Training Centre in Ballyfermot since Jan 2013.

These programmes are both at FETAC level 4 and are suitable for adult and young people who have not completed second level education.• Horizon Programme. This is a 30 week programme targeting learners in the 18-35 brackets with no formal or incomplete secondary education and within the Dublin 12 area.• LEAP programme. This is a 30 week programme targeting learners in the general 16-35 brackets but specifically 18-23 with no formal or incomplete secondary education and primarily within the Dublin 12 area.

In order to make these programmes viable from a value for money point of view the CDETB requires the Centre to recruit 18 participants for each programme. I understand that CDETB has recently given approval to commence the Horizon programme as 17 eligible learners are on the course list and a further learner is being processed. The Centre has agreed to start this programme and I am informed that all eighteen learners have been sent letters inviting them to start on 16th June 2014.The LEAP programme has 11 eligible learners with a further 8 learners being processed onto a waiting list. CDETB expect that this course will commence in coming weeks.