Thursday, 27 June 2019

Questions (58)

Thomas Pringle

Question:

58. Deputy Thomas Pringle asked the Minister for Education and Skills the reason the disability awareness training course is not accredited by Quality and Qualifications Ireland; the further reason it has proposed the cost of accrediting the course would be in the region of €6,000; if accreditation will be made more accessible in order for greater take-up of the disability training grant by businesses here; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27224/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) is responsible for validating education and training programmes which lead to qualifications (QQI awards) listed in the National Framework of Qualifications.

There are currently two Disability Awareness Programmes being offered by providers which have been validated by QQI.

QQI charges a fee for the validation of programmes. The level of fee applicable is dependent on the type of provider (for example higher or further education and training provider) offering the programme and the level of programme being offered.