Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Questions (342)

Tony McLoughlin

Question:

342. Deputy Tony McLoughlin asked the Minister for Education and Skills the funding which has been committed by SOLAS towards an electronic marking system for adult and apprenticeships programmes; the progress of the project; the breakdown of the spend; the amount allocated to a company (details supplied); the estimated overall cost in addition to SOLAS working hours and travel and subsistence; the proposed date of implementation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19424/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The Test Event Notification and Results Capture System (TENRCS) is a business system which provides an enhancement to the existing results and certification systems for adult and apprenticeship programmes. The specific function of the TENRCS is to automate a number of manual tasks linked to assessment. The use of this system will greatly reduce the risk relating to the incorrect calculation and/or transcription of learner results, while providing an electronic tracking system of the assessment process.

Progress to date includes the development of the initial system and full user acceptance testing with a range of staff in relation to the roles of assessor, training standards officer and assessment designer. It is envisaged that the project will be piloted in one Education and Training Board (ETB) during 2019 and will be rolled out to all other ETBs following successful completion of the pilot.

The breakdown of funding allocated to this project is set out in the attached tabular statement.

Funding Allocation for TENRCS

€ (m's)

Open Sky

€0.588

ETBI (for roll out to ETBs)

€0.223

SOLAS Staff Costs (including T&S)

€0.750

Total

€1.561