Thursday, 14 January 2021

Ceisteanna (156)

Ruairí Ó Murchú

Ceist:

156. Deputy Ruairí Ó Murchú asked the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science if a centre (details supplied) will continue to operate under the current restrictions of the Plan for Living with Covid-19. [2015/21]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Further and Higher Education)

The Resilience and Recovery 2020 -2021: Plan for Living with Covid 19 designates Further Education and Training (FET) as essential insofar as onsite presence is required, meaning that where necessary it will be permitted to attend on-site during Level 5. Given the scale, diversity and heterogeneity of third-level provision, higher and further education institutions are best equipped to determine where such onsite presence is required. Reflecting the recent deterioration in the Covid-19 situation, FET providers have adapted and used their existing discretion to restrict onsite attendance further, only allowing the most essential and time-critical work to take place onsite.

In light of this, Louth Meath Education and Training Board (LMETB) have confirmed to officials of my Department that the Community Training Centre referred to in this question has moved to emergency remote training as per the guidance issued to the CTC on Friday 8th January 2021 by LMETB Training Services.  This guidance in turn reflects guidance developed and issued by Education and Training Boards Ireland on 7th January for FET providers more broadly.