Thursday, 11 July 2019

Questions (279)

Robert Troy

Question:

279. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of businesses that availed of enterprise training, workforce learning and upskilling services from Skillnet Ireland on an annual basis over the 2014 to 2018 period; the annual breakdown in participation in percentage terms by firm size (details supplied); the annual allocation to Skillnet Ireland in each year over 2014 to 2018 period; and the amount allocated in 2019. [31135/19]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

Skillnet Ireland actively supports and works with businesses in Ireland to address their current and future skills needs. Skillnet Ireland fund groups of companies in the same region/sector, and with similar training needs, through training networks that deliver subsidised training to Irish businesses.

Skillnet Ireland networks arrange relevant, cost-effective and innovative training courses for member companies who operate on both a regional and sector-specific basis.  The Skillnet Ireland allocation increased in 2019 to €28m allowing for an allocation of €25.649m for Training in Employment and €2.351m for Training for the Unemployed.

The information requested by the Deputy is in the table. 

Skillnet Ireland - Member Company profile by business size

Year

Annual Funding

<10 Employees

11-49 Employees

50-249 Employees

>249 Employees

No. of Companies

2014

€15.69m

47%

30%

8%

15%

10,879

2015

€16.2m

52%

31%

12%

5%

12,861

2016

€16.2m

48%

28%

16%

8%

12,997

2017

€18.2m

51%

28%

15%

6%

15,012

2018

€21.7m

56%

26%

13%

5%

16,462

The above funding is received from the Department of Education and Skills via the National Training Fund.

The above data is extracted from the Skillnet Ireland Annual Reports for the financial periods ended 31 December 2014 to 31 December 2018