Wednesday, 17 February 2021

Questions (578)

James Lawless


578. Deputy James Lawless asked the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science if consideration will be given to matters raised (details supplied) concerning unemployment and skills upgrading; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8679/21]

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Written answers (Question to Further and Higher Education)

There are currently 42 Bus Driving and 57 HGV Driving courses planned to take place around the country throughout 2021 across the network of Education and Training Boards (ETBs). A breakdown by ETB of these courses is attached for your information.

In addition to these courses, there is also a Commercial Driver apprenticeship in development which will be 2 years in duration and is expected to be offered at Level 6 of the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ). The industry lead for this programme is the Freight Transport Association Ireland (FTAI) and it is expected to be rolled out by September 2021.

I would encourage any prospective learner to contact their local ETB directly in order to obtain information regarding application procedures for these courses. Further information can also be obtained from