Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Questions (248)

Kevin O'Keeffe

Question:

248. Deputy Kevin O'Keeffe asked the Minister for Education and Skills the reason a person (details supplied) in County Mayo has been offered an apprenticeship course in Gaoth Dobhair, County Donegal, instead of either Shannon or Athlone; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19456/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The SOLAS apprenticeship scheduling management system aims to call apprentices for their off-the-job training, on a longest waiting basis on the day of scheduling to the nearest available Education and Training Board or Institute of Technology. Whilst every effort is made to eliminate unnecessary travel, unfortunately for some apprentices it is impossible to avoid having to attend training facilities that are not in their locality. All apprentices are advised of this process at their mandatory induction briefings. The system ensures that apprenticeship training facilities are used in the most efficient way possible.

In situations where apprentices are required to move from their current place of residence, in order to take up an offer of a training place, they are entitled to make an application for an accommodation allowance, in addition to their weekly training allowance, for the duration of the course.

In this case, training places for Shannon and Athlone had been allocated on the longest waiting basis on the day of scheduling in accordance with SOLAS policy.