Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Questions (384)

Catherine Murphy

Question:

384. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Defence the number of qualified electrical artificers that joined the Naval Service in 2019, 2020 and to date in 2021, in tabular form; and the number that left during same period. [6612/21]

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Written answers (Question to Defence)

A direct entry competition for Electrical Artificers was launched in November 2019 with a view to inducting personnel in 2020. However no applicants were successful and there were no inductions arising.

The Electrical Artificer Trainee Technician scheme (TTS) continues to run and there are 17 personnel scheduled to qualify from that scheme between now and 2024. These personnel will fill the relevant vacant positions in the Naval Service.

Six Electrical Artificers left in the period between 2019 to 2020.