Wednesday, 9 October 2019

Questions (78)

Carol Nolan

Question:

78. Deputy Carol Nolan asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation if another report on the hospitality sector will be compiled by the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs for the five year period beyond 2020; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [41273/19]

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Written answers (Question to Business)

In 2015 the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs published an Assessment of Future Skills Requirements in the Hospitality Sector in Ireland. In the years following the publication of this report the secretariat of the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs, based in my Department, acted as secretariat to the Hospitality Skills Oversight Group, which was tasked with implementing the recommendations of the 2015 report. My Department's involvement in this culminated in the publication of a Hospitality Skills Oversight Group Report in 2018, when responsibility for the secretariat of the group passed to Failte Ireland, where it still remains.

As the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs is independent of Government I do not direct its work programme. However, I have been informed that another report on the Hospitality sector is not in its 2020 work programme due to competing priorities.

Questions Nos. 79 to 81, inclusive, answered with Question No. 77.