Thursday, 11 July 2019

Ceisteanna (305)

Thomas Byrne

Ceist:

305. Deputy Thomas Byrne asked the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated cost of the provision of 100 additional springboard courses. [31285/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Education)

Springboard+ which incorporates the ICT skills conversion programme, is a targeted initiative which is used to provide funding for higher education courses aimed at meeting the need for in-demand skills in the economy. Springboard+ supports jobseekers to return to employment and those in employment to upskill or reskill.

Springboard+ is funded through the National Training Fund, €34.4m has been allocated to Springboard+ 2019 providing for 9,151 places on 275 courses.

The cost of providing 100 additional Springboard+ places would depend on the NFQ level and the skills area of the course. The most recent costings available are in relation to Springboard+ 2017 which are attached.

Skills Sector

SB2017

Construction/Green Economy

3,883

Financial Services

5,092

ICT Conversion

6,684

ICT Part-time

5,043

Management/Business/Entrepreneurship

3,743

Manufacturing/Biopharmachem

3,824

Other Skills Areas

3,870

Cost per Place — Level 6 (€)

Skills Sector

SB2017

Construction/Green Economy

3,000

Financial Services

 - 

ICT Conversion

-

ICT Part-time

4,774

Management/Business/Entrepreneurship

3,012

Manufacturing/Biopharmachem

3,335

Other Skills Areas

3,544

Cost per Place — Level 7 (€)

Skills Sector

SB2017

Construction/Green Economy

-

Financial Services

2,400

ICT Conversion

-

ICT Part-time

4,689

Management/Business/Entrepreneurship

3,795

Manufacturing/Biopharmachem

3,453

Other Skills Areas

2,563

Cost per Place — Level 8 (€)

Skills Sector

SB2017

Construction/Green Economy

-

Financial Services

5,142

ICT Conversion

6,684

ICT Part-time

4,389

Management/Business/Entrepreneurship

3,793

Manufacturing/Biopharmachem

3,576

Other Skills Areas

4,750

Cost per Place — Level 9 (€)

Skills Sector

SB2017

Construction/Green Economy

4,325

Financial Services

5,516

ICT Conversion

-

ICT Part-time

6,417

Management/Business/Entrepreneurship

4,092

Manufacturing/Biopharmachem

4,836

Other Skills Areas

5,600