Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Questions (164, 165)

Brian Stanley

Question:

164. Deputy Brian Stanley asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of staff employed at the National Construction Training Centre in Mount Lucas, County Offaly; and the courses available there. [25440/19]

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Brian Stanley

Question:

165. Deputy Brian Stanley asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of participants that received training at the National Construction Training Centre in Mount Lucas, County Offaly in each of the past five years. [25441/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 164 and 165 together.

The National Construction Training Centre in Mount Lucas caters for construction plant training and was established by FÁS in 2008.

Following the establishment of SOLAS as the agency for further education and training in 2013, responsibility for former FÁS training centres was transferred to the Education and Training Boards. Mount Lucas was transferred from SOLAS to Laois and Offaly Education and Training Board (LOETB) in July 2014.

The facility is the only recognised training centre in Ireland to test plant drivers for the equivalent UK certification, which means plant operators are certified as being competent both in Ireland and the UK to operate plant machinery.

There are 5 staff employed by LOWEB working at Mount Lucas. The remaining information regarding courses and the numbers of participants requested by the deputy is attached.

The number of participants that received training at the National Construction Training Centre in Mount Lucas, County Offaly 2014 - 2018.

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

Construction Skills Certification Scheme

(CSCS)

250

144

152

233

182

Construction Plant Competence Scheme

(CPCS)

124

190

115

59

Health Safety & Environmental

(UK Safepass equivalent)

168

123

116

27

Construction & Specialist Training

82

159

127

Manual Handling

68

Abrasive Wheels Tools

46

Mobile Elevating Work Platforms

21

Mobile Elevating Work Platforms

23

Total

250

456

547

623

553