Wednesday, 3 July 2019

Questions (117, 118, 119, 120, 121, 122, 123, 124, 125, 126, 131, 132, 133, 134, 135, 136, 137, 138, 139, 140, 141, 142, 143, 144, 145, 146, 147, 148, 149, 150, 151, 152, 153, 154, 155, 156, 157, 158, 159, 160, 161, 162, 163, 164, 165, 175, 176, 177, 178, 180, 181, 182, 183, 184, 185, 186, 187, 188, 192, 193, 194, 195, 196, 197, 198, 199, 200, 201, 202, 203)

Jan O'Sullivan

Question:

117. Deputy Jan O'Sullivan asked the Minister for Education and Skills if all new apprenticeship programmes developed since 2017 will receive the same allowances for apprentices attending college as apprenticeships developed prior to 2017; if he will seek equality of allowances for all apprenticeships in Budget 2020; the estimated cost of same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28614/19]

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Jan O'Sullivan

Question:

118. Deputy Jan O'Sullivan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of new apprenticeships developed since 2017; the number of apprentices enrolled per apprenticeship programme developed since 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28615/19]

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Eamon Scanlon

Question:

119. Deputy Eamon Scanlon asked the Minister for Education and Skills if all new apprenticeship programmes developed since 2017 will receive the same allowances for apprentices attending college as apprenticeships developed prior to 2017; the number of new apprenticeships developed since 2017; the number of apprentices enrolled per apprenticeship programme developed since 2017; if equality of allowances will be sought for all apprenticeships in Budget 2020; the estimated cost in this regard; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28622/19]

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Micheál Martin

Question:

120. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Education and Skills if all new apprenticeship programmes developed since 2017 will receive the same allowances for apprentices attending college as apprenticeships developed prior to 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28629/19]

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Micheál Martin

Question:

121. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of new apprenticeships developed since 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28630/19]

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Micheál Martin

Question:

122. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of apprentices enrolled per apprenticeship programme developed since 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28631/19]

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Timmy Dooley

Question:

123. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Education and Skills if equality of allowances for all apprenticeships will be sought in Budget 2020; the estimated cost for same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28673/19]

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Timmy Dooley

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124. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of apprentices enrolled by apprenticeship programme developed since 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28674/19]

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Timmy Dooley

Question:

125. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of new apprenticeships developed since 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28675/19]

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Timmy Dooley

Question:

126. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Education and Skills if all new apprenticeship programmes developed since 2017 will receive the same allowances for apprentices attending college as apprenticeships developed prior to 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28676/19]

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Eugene Murphy

Question:

131. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Education and Skills if equality of allowances for all apprenticeships in Budget 2020 will be allowed; the estimated cost in this regard; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28745/19]

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Eugene Murphy

Question:

132. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of new apprenticeships developed since 2017 to date; the number of apprentices enrolled per apprenticeship programme developed since 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28746/19]

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Eugene Murphy

Question:

133. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Education and Skills if all new apprenticeship programmes developed since 2017 will receive the same allowances for apprentices attending college as apprenticeships developed prior to 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28748/19]

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Thomas P. Broughan

Question:

134. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Education and Skills if a new apprenticeship programmes developed since 2017 receive the same allowances for apprentices attending college as apprenticeships developed prior to 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28789/19]

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Thomas P. Broughan

Question:

135. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Education and Skills if equality of allowances for all apprenticeships will be sought in Budget 2020; the estimated cost of same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28790/19]

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Catherine Connolly

Question:

136. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Education and Skills if all new apprenticeship programmes developed since 2017 will receive the same allowances for apprentices attending college as apprenticeships developed prior to 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28842/19]

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Catherine Connolly

Question:

137. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of new apprenticeships developed since 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28843/19]

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Catherine Connolly

Question:

138. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of apprentices enrolled per apprenticeship programme developed since 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28844/19]

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Michael Collins

Question:

139. Deputy Michael Collins asked the Minister for Education and Skills if new apprenticeship programmes developed since 2017 will receive the same allowances for apprentices attending college as apprenticeships developed prior to 2017. [28849/19]

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Michael Collins

Question:

140. Deputy Michael Collins asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of new apprenticeships developed since 2017. [28850/19]

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Michael Collins

Question:

141. Deputy Michael Collins asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of apprentices enrolled per apprenticeship programme developed since 2017. [28851/19]

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Michael Collins

Question:

142. Deputy Michael Collins asked the Minister for Education and Skills if equality of allowances will be sought for all apprenticeships in Budget 2020; the estimated cost in this regard; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28852/19]

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Kevin O'Keeffe

Question:

143. Deputy Kevin O'Keeffe asked the Minister for Education and Skills if all new apprenticeship programmes developed since 2017 will receive the same allowances for apprentices attending college as apprenticeships developed prior to 2017. [28863/19]

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Kevin O'Keeffe

Question:

144. Deputy Kevin O'Keeffe asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of new apprenticeships developed since 2017. [28864/19]

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Kevin O'Keeffe

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145. Deputy Kevin O'Keeffe asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of apprentices enrolled per apprenticeship programme developed since 2017. [28865/19]

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Kevin O'Keeffe

Question:

146. Deputy Kevin O'Keeffe asked the Minister for Education and Skills if equality of allowances will be sought for all apprenticeships in Budget 2020; and the estimated cost in this regard. [28866/19]

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Marc MacSharry

Question:

147. Deputy Marc MacSharry asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of apprentices developed since 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29128/19]

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John Brassil

Question:

148. Deputy John Brassil asked the Minister for Education and Skills if all new apprenticeship programmes developed since 2017 will receive the same allowances for apprentices attending college as apprenticeships developed prior to 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29172/19]

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John Brassil

Question:

149. Deputy John Brassil asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of apprentices enrolled per apprenticeship programme developed since 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29170/19]

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Joe Carey

Question:

150. Deputy Joe Carey asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of apprentices enrolled per apprenticeship programme developed since 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29138/19]

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Joe Carey

Question:

151. Deputy Joe Carey asked the Minister for Education and Skills if all new apprenticeship programmes developed since 2017 will receive the same allowances for apprentices attending college as apprenticeships developed prior to 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29136/19]

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Marc MacSharry

Question:

152. Deputy Marc MacSharry asked the Minister for Education and Skills if all new apprenticeship programmes developed since 2017 will receive the same allowances for apprentices attending college as apprenticeships developed prior to 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29127/19]

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Marc MacSharry

Question:

153. Deputy Marc MacSharry asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of apprentices enrolled per apprenticeship programme developed since 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29129/19]

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Willie O'Dea

Question:

154. Deputy Willie O'Dea asked the Minister for Education and Skills if all new apprenticeship programmes developed since 2017 will receive the same allowances for apprentices attending college as apprenticeships developed prior to 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29124/19]

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Róisín Shortall

Question:

155. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Education and Skills if all new apprenticeship programmes developed since 2017 will receive the same allowances for apprentices attending college as apprenticeships developed prior to 2017; the number of new apprenticeships developed since 2017; the number of apprentices enrolled per apprenticeship programme developed since 2017; if he will consider equality of allowances for all apprenticeships in Budget 2020; the cost of same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29154/19]

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Willie O'Dea

Question:

156. Deputy Willie O'Dea asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of apprentices enrolled per apprenticeship programme developed since 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29236/19]

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Willie O'Dea

Question:

157. Deputy Willie O'Dea asked the Minister for Education and Skills if equality of allowances for apprenticeships will be sought in Budget 2020; the estimated cost in this regard; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29239/19]

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Michael Healy-Rae

Question:

158. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Education and Skills if all new apprenticeship programmes since 2017 will receive the same allowances for apprentices attending college as apprenticeships developed prior to 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29282/19]

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Michael Healy-Rae

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159. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of new apprenticeships developed since 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29283/19]

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Michael Healy-Rae

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160. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of new apprentices enrolled per apprenticeship programme developed since 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29284/19]

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Michael Healy-Rae

Question:

161. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Education and Skills if equality of allowances will be sought for apprenticeships in Budget 2020; the estimated cost in this regard; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29285/19]

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Fiona O'Loughlin

Question:

162. Deputy Fiona O'Loughlin asked the Minister for Education and Skills if all new apprenticeship programmes developed since 2017 will receive the same allowances for apprentices attending college as apprenticeships developed prior to 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29290/19]

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Fiona O'Loughlin

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163. Deputy Fiona O'Loughlin asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of new apprenticeships developed since 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29291/19]

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Fiona O'Loughlin

Question:

164. Deputy Fiona O'Loughlin asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of apprentices enrolled per apprenticeship programme developed since 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29292/19]

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Fiona O'Loughlin

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165. Deputy Fiona O'Loughlin asked the Minister for Education and Skills if equality of allowances will be sought for apprenticeships in Budget 2020; the estimated cost in this regard; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29293/19]

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Aengus Ó Snodaigh

Question:

175. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Education and Skills if all new apprenticeship programmes developed since 2017 are and will receive the same allowances for apprentices attending college as apprenticeships developed prior to 2017. [28483/19]

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Aengus Ó Snodaigh

Question:

176. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of new apprenticeship courses developed since 2017; and the number of apprentices enrolled by year. [28484/19]

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Aengus Ó Snodaigh

Question:

177. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will seek equality of allowances for all apprenticeships in the forthcoming Budget; and if so, the estimated cost of same. [28485/19]

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Thomas Pringle

Question:

178. Deputy Thomas Pringle asked the Minister for Education and Skills if all new apprenticeship programmes developed since 2017 will receive the same allowances for apprentices attending college as apprenticeships developed prior to 2017; the number of new apprenticeships developed since 2017; the number of apprentices enrolled per apprenticeship programme developed since 2017; if equality of allowances for all apprenticeships in Budget 2020 will be considered; the estimated cost as a result; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28493/19]

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Jackie Cahill

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180. Deputy Jackie Cahill asked the Minister for Education and Skills if all new apprenticeship programmes developed since 2017 will receive the same allowances for apprentices attending college as apprenticeships developed prior to 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28497/19]

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Jackie Cahill

Question:

181. Deputy Jackie Cahill asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of new apprenticeships developed since 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28498/19]

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Jackie Cahill

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182. Deputy Jackie Cahill asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of apprentices enrolled per apprenticeship programme developed since 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28499/19]

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Jackie Cahill

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183. Deputy Jackie Cahill asked the Minister for Education and Skills if equality of allowances for all apprenticeships will be provided in Budget 2020; the estimated cost for same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28500/19]

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James Browne

Question:

184. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Education and Skills if all new apprenticeship programmes developed since 2017 will receive the same allowances for apprentices attending college as apprenticeships developed prior to 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28504/19]

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Fergus O'Dowd

Question:

185. Deputy Fergus O'Dowd asked the Minister for Education and Skills if a reply will issue to correspondence from an association (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28508/19]

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James Browne

Question:

186. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of new apprenticeships developed since 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28510/19]

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James Browne

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187. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of apprentices enrolled per apprenticeship programme developed since 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28511/19]

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James Browne

Question:

188. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will seek for equality of allowances for all apprenticeships in Budget 2020; the estimated cost of same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28512/19]

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Catherine Murphy

Question:

192. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Education and Skills if all new apprenticeship programmes developed since 2017 will receive the same allowances for apprentices attending college as apprenticeships developed prior to 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28542/19]

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Catherine Murphy

Question:

193. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of new apprenticeships developed since 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28543/19]

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Catherine Murphy

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194. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of apprentices enrolled per apprenticeship programme developed since 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28544/19]

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Catherine Murphy

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195. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Education and Skills if equality of allowances for all apprenticeships will be sought in Budget 2020; the estimated cost for same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28545/19]

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Michael Fitzmaurice

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196. Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice asked the Minister for Education and Skills if all new apprenticeship programmes developed since 2017 will receive the same allowances for apprentices attending college as apprenticeships developed prior to 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28546/19]

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Michael Fitzmaurice

Question:

197. Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of new apprenticeships developed since 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28547/19]

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Michael Fitzmaurice

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198. Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of apprentices enrolled per apprenticeship programme developed since 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28548/19]

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Michael Fitzmaurice

Question:

199. Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice asked the Minister for Education and Skills if equality of allowances for all apprenticeships will be introduced in Budget 2020; the estimated cost for same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28549/19]

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Brendan Smith

Question:

200. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of apprentices that have participated on each apprenticeship programme since 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28570/19]

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Brendan Smith

Question:

201. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Education and Skills the apprenticeship programmes developed since 2017; his plans to roll out more programmes; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28571/19]

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Brendan Smith

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202. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Education and Skills if the new apprenticeship programmes rolled out since 2017 will have the same allowances as apprentices attending college; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28572/19]

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Brendan Smith

Question:

203. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to introduce similar allowances for all apprenticeships; if so, the estimated cost for such allowances; the estimated additional costs that will be incurred in ensuring equality of allowances; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28573/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 117 to 126, inclusive, 131 to 165, inclusive, 175 to 178, inclusive, 180 to 188, inclusive, and 192 to 203, inclusive, together.

This Government is committed to the ongoing expansion and development of our national apprenticeship system, as is evident by a year on year increase in the budget allocation. This year’s allocation for apprenticeship training is €142m which represents an increase of over 16% on the 2018 allocation of €122m. Since 2015 new apprenticeship registrations have increased by 80% with 5,648 new registrations by the end of 2018. In addition, following two calls for proposals in 2015 and 2017 by the Apprenticeship Council, to date twenty new apprenticeship programmes have been developed and are now operational to complement the existing 25 craft apprenticeships.

These include three chef apprenticeships in the hospitality sector in the occupations of commis chef, chef de partie and sous chef. A further programme in the occupation of executive chef is also in development and due to be rolled out in 2020.

It is important to note that the structure of these new consortia led apprenticeship programmes are different to those in the craft trades. Our new consortia-led apprenticeships offer more flexibility to employers in meeting their skill needs both in the duration of the programme and in terms of the delivery of the off-the-job training. These new apprenticeship programmes vary in length from 2 to 4 years and have different methods of off-the-job training such as one day per week, as is the case with the chef apprenticeships, and on-line blended learning rather than the traditional block release of up to 22 weeks in an education setting, as is the case in the craft trades. While there is no training allowance paid to apprentices undertaking one of our new apprenticeships, I am aware that some employers engaged in the system have raised this as an issue. However, any change in this regard, which has not yet been costed by the Department, would have to form part of the normal budgetary process and be considered in the broader context of competing demands and the overall availability of resources.

In addition to the apprenticeship programmes, there are a range of other programmes available in the hospitality area across further education and training and higher education settings. Similarly, there are employer-led training supported through Skillnet Ireland, such as the Restaurant and Hospitality Skillnet, which was established in 2017, and the Taste 4 Success Skillnet to address skill needs in the sector.

Details of apprentice population per apprenticeship programme as requested by the deputy are set out in the following tabular statement.

Apprentice Population

20 New Apprenticeships developed Since 2016

2016

2017

2018

2019*

AUCTIONEERING

Auctioneering & property services

n/a

n/a

52

58

Total

52

58

BIOPHARMACHEM

Laboratory Analyst

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Laboratory Technician

n/a

n/a

14

15

Total

n/a

n/a

14

15

Electrical 

Industrial Electrical Engineering

12

31

54

58

Total

12

31

54

58

ENGINEERING 

Manufacturing Engineering (Level 6)

n/a

39

73

75

Manufacturing Engineering (Level 7)

n/a

36

55

55

Polymer Processing Technology

n/a

23

38

42

Original Equipment and Manufacture (OEM)

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Total

n/a

98

166

172

FINANCE

Accounting Technician

n/a

71

146

175

Insurance Practice

67

138

197

190

International Financial Services Associate

n/a

14

25

27

International Financial Services Specialist

n/a

14

24

24

Total

67

237

392

416

FOOD MANUFACTURING

Butcher

n/a

n/a

7

14

Total

n/a

n/a

7

14

HOSPITALITY 

Chef de Partie

n/a

n/a

27

28

Commis Chef

n/a

25

105

91

Sous Chef

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Total

n/a

25

132

119

ICT

ICT Associate Professional Network Technician

n/a

n/a

22

51

ICT Associate Professional Software Developer

n/a

n/a

38

63

Cybersecurity Associate

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Total

n/a

n/a

60

114

LOGISTICS

Logistics Associate

n/a

n/a

27

27

Grand Total

79

 391

904

993

* Latest figure as of the 31st May 2019