Thursday, 1 February 2018

Ceisteanna (36)

Thomas Byrne

Ceist:

36. Deputy Thomas Byrne asked the Minister for Education and Skills the plans in place to improve the regional distribution of PLC, post-leaving certificate, courses; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4685/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Education)

Last month I published the ESRI evaluation of the PLC programme along with the SOLAS response, which sets out 45 recommendations to address the findings of the evaluation and improve the quality of the learner experience, learner outcomes and overall programme efficiency.

A SOLAS led PLC Programme Improvement Advisory Committee, comprised of PLC partners, will shortly be established by SOLAS to oversee development and implementation of a three year programme improvement plan, based on the recommendations set out in the SOLAS response. These include a review of the geographic distribution of PLC places in the context of the overall FET provision available to meet the needs of learners and employers in each ETB catchment area, taking into account a number of factors including population and deprivation index.