Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Ceisteanna (209)

Jackie Cahill

Ceist:

209. Deputy Jackie Cahill asked the Minister for Education and Skills if SOLAS is providing an apprenticeship for motorcycle mechanics; if not, if he will request SOLAS to bring forward proposals to do so; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7823/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Education)

The Apprenticeship Council was established in 2014 to oversee the expansion of apprenticeship system in Ireland into new sectors of the economy. To date, twenty new consortia-led apprenticeship programmes have been developed in a variety of sectors ranging from financial services and ICT to hospitality and biopharma. Further new apprenticeships are due to get underway in 2019 in various sectors including construction, engineering, horticulture and agriculture.

Since its establishment the Council has had two open calls for proposals, one in 2015 and the most recent one in 2017. During these calls, proposals to develop new apprenticeships were submitted by consortia, made up of industry experts and education and training providers, who have identified skill areas where the apprenticeship model best serves their education and training needs.

To date, there has been no such proposal brought forward for a motorcycle mechanic apprenticeship.