Written Answers - FÁS Training Programmes.

Thursday, 15 October 2009

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 692 No. 1

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  119.  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 people currently participating in the short-time training programme and the work placement programme; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [36525/09]

Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment (Deputy Mary Coughlan): Information on Mary Coughlan  Zoom on Mary Coughlan  Following extensive discussions with interested companies and employees in each FÁS region [157]who wish to avail of the short-time training programme, training courses with FETAC certification are being developed and tailored by FÁS to meet local needs. It is not anticipated that individuals on systematic short-time working will take up a place on their training course until next month at the earliest. In relation to the work placement programme, 52 individuals have started their work experience, 38 in Stream 1 (graduates) and 14 in Stream 2. Some 1,684 people have expressed an interest in the programme to date — 937 graduates have expressed an interest in participating in Stream 1, while 747 people have expressed an interest in Stream 2. FÁS currently has 403 posts available under this programme, 283 for Stream 1 (graduates) and 120 for Stream 2. FÁS is continuing to promote and co-ordinate the programme at both provider and participant level.


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