I am informed by FÁS that the person in question has successfully completed Phases 5 and 7 under the Redundant Apprentice Placement Scheme. While he has successfully completed all Phases 1 – 7 of his apprenticeship he has not completed the required four years (208 weeks) in employment as an apprentice, which is a requirement for the award of the FETAC Level 6 Advanced Certificate – Craft. I understand the person in question currently has 187 weeks recorded employment.
FÁS has introduced a Competency Determination Mechanism (this is an assessment over a number of days in a FÁS Training Centre) which will enable apprentices in this situation to demonstrate their knowledge and skills against the occupational standard for their trade. If they successfully complete this assessment they will be progressed for the award of the FETAC Level 6 Advanced Certificate- Craft. Currently the Carpentry and Joinery Competency Determination Mechanism is offered by the Limerick Training Centre. I am informed that the person in question is not on the waiting list for this course. It is advised that he get in contact with his FÁS Training Adviser immediately to make application for same.