Written Answers - FÁS Training Programmes.

Tuesday, 11 November 2008

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 666 No. 3

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  186.  Deputy Leo Varadkar  Information on Leo Varadkar  Zoom on Leo Varadkar   asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment  Information on Mary Coughlan  Zoom on Mary Coughlan   the breakdown for 2006, 2007 and to date in 2008 of the expenditure by FÁS in relation to apprentices; the expected expenditure for the remainder of 2008; the budgeted expenditure for 2009; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [39328/08]

Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment (Deputy Mary Coughlan): Information on Mary Coughlan  Zoom on Mary Coughlan  FÁS expenditure on the apprenticeship system since 2006 is as follows:

Year €m
2006 (full year) 113
2007 (full year) 129
2008 (To Sept.) 91
2008 (Oct-Dec)* 38

  187.  Deputy Leo Varadkar  Information on Leo Varadkar  Zoom on Leo Varadkar   asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment  Information on Mary Coughlan  Zoom on Mary Coughlan   the number of apprentices registered with FÁS in 2006, 2007 and to date in 2008; the number of further registrations expected by the end of 2008 and 2009; the breakdown of such registrations by sector; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [39329/08]

[656]Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment (Deputy Mary Coughlan): Information on Mary Coughlan  Zoom on Mary Coughlan  The number of apprentices newly registered with FÁS since 2006 broken down by sector and projected registrations during the balance of this year and in 2009 is as follows:

Trades 2006
Actual
2007
Actual
2008
Actual
Jan-Oct
Nov-Dec
Projection
Total 2009
Projection Estimate
Construction
Brick & Stonelaying 473 247 55 8 63 50
Cabinetmaking 207 154 68 10 78 50
Carpentry & Joinery 1,907 1,354 446 70 516 450
Floor & Wall Tiling 32 43 10 2 12 25
Painting & Decorating 161 113 55 10 65 60
Plastering 220 143 52 10 62 60
Plumbing 1,501 1,038 416 35 451 450
Wood Machining 14 13 4 2 6
Total 4,515 3,105 1,106 147 1,253 1,145
Electrical
Aircraft Mechanics 57 66 24 24 24
Electrical 2,269 2,054 988 140 1,128 900
Electrical Instrumentation 47 57 35 3 38 30
Electronic Security Systems 12 45 5 50 40
Instrumentation 17 19 7 3 10 10
Refrigeration & Air Conditioning 108 118 74 9 83 75
Total 2,498 2,326 1,173 160 1,333 1,079
Engineering
Mechanical Automation and Maintenance Fitting 171 203 119 19 138 150
Farriery 18 4 22 25
Industrial Insulation 1 7 5 2 7 20
Metal Fabrication 198 191 158 29 187 200
Sheet Metalworking 46 51 58 8 66 50
Toolmaking 33 16 21 1 22 25
Total 449 468 379 63 442 470
Motor
Agricultural Mechanics 51 62 38 5 43 45
Construction Plant Fitting 89 93 57 8 65 50
Heavy Vehicle Mechanics 137 148 94 19 113 100
Motor Mechanics 440 448 362 57 419 350
Vehicle Body Repairs 95 69 99 5 104 65
Total 812 820 650 94 744 610
Printing
Print Media 14 44 10 16 26 30
Origination 2
Printing 20
Bookbinding 5
Total 41 44 10 16 26 30
Grand Total — Newly Registered 8,315 6,763 3,318 480 3,798 3,334
Total Registered Apprentices 29,273 28,423 23,382

[657]It should be noted that the figures for the remainder of this year and for 2009 are provisional. The significant reduction in apprentice registrations for 2008 and 2009 is due to the major decrease in activity in the construction sector. Registrations in the construction and electrical trades are most affected.


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