Wednesday, 9 October 2019

Questions (77, 79, 80, 81)

Carol Nolan

Question:

77. Deputy Carol Nolan asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation if more supports will be put in place for restaurants in terms of ensuring that they are not left with the entire financial burden when taking on an apprenticeship; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [41272/19]

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Carol Nolan

Question:

79. Deputy Carol Nolan asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation if a review of apprenticeships and measures taken to ensure that culinary students receive the same benefits as apprentices from other sectors for example bursaries, expenses and so on will be carried out by her Department. [41274/19]

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Carol Nolan

Question:

80. Deputy Carol Nolan asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the way in which she plans to address inequalities between pre-2016 apprenticeships and new apprenticeships post 2016; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [41275/19]

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Carol Nolan

Question:

81. Deputy Carol Nolan asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation if more supports will be put in place for restaurants in terms of ensuring that they are not taking on the entire financial burden when taking on an apprenticeship; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [41276/19]

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Written answers (Question to Business)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 77 and 79 to 81, inclusive, together.

As Minster for Business, Enterprise and Innovation I am very interested in the development of an efficient and effective apprenticeship system that serves the needs of both enterprise and apprentices. I fully support the development of the apprenticeship system on an ongoing basis as a means of providing for the broad range of skills needed for the growing economy.

I am fully aware of the financial implications for business in taking on an apprentice and of the difference in the funding models between the pre-2016 apprenticeships and the newer post 2016 apprenticeships.

However, my Department does not hold policy responsibility for the apprenticeship system, as this lies with the Department of Education and Skills and the Apprenticeship Council and operational responsibility in this area lies with Solas, Ireland’s further education and training authority. Therefore, the initiation of reviews and other policy matters relating to apprenticeships lie with the Minister for Education and Skills.