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Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 22 September 2020

Tuesday, 22 September 2020

Questions (277)

Mick Barry


277. Deputy Mick Barry asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the programmes in place to provide beginner, intermediate and advanced Irish language training for staff in the civil and public service in view of the commitment in the Programme for Government to increase the use of the Irish language in the civil and public service; if beginner level classes are available to all civil servants at all grades; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24753/20]

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OneLearning was established in 2017 and is the Civil Service Learning and Development Centre staffed by Civil Servants and based in the Dept. of Public Expenditure and Reform. OneLearning are responsible for all training that is common across the Civil Service to ensure oversight, value for money and evidence based prioritisation of learning solutions.

OneLearning in partnership with Learning and Development Business Partners from all Civil Service Bodies continue providing training centrally that meets the common business objectives and evolving skills needs of the Civil Service.

Ahead of the establishment of OneLearning, a Learning and Development Project Team led a consultation with relevant learning and development units in Civil Service Organisations which identified a requirement for Irish Language training at intermediate and advanced levels. There are currently four levels of Irish language courses available to Civil Servants via OneLearning (Levels 3/4/ 5/6, Certificate on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) awarded by Gaelchultúr. These courses have been available to all Civil Servants since 2018 with the goal to continue to develop participants spoken and written abilities by improving their vocabulary and confidence to communicate and provide a service through Irish as required.

In line with the commitment in the Programme for Government, and the development of OneLearning’s next generation of course offerings in 2021, a consultation will take place with the Civil Service learning and development community to determine if beginner Irish courses are required for the Civil Service.