Uimhir:36 Ceist Pharlaiminte
Chun an Aire Oideachais agus Eolaíoctha
To the Minister for Education and Science

To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if she will provide an update on
the apprenticeships approved by the new Apprenticeship Council; if these
courses will include day-release rather than block-release, which will
accommodate small businesses; and if she will make a statement on the matter.
– Anthony Lawlor.

For ORAL answer on Wednesday, 9th December, 2015.
Reference Number: 37947/15

Minister Jan O’Sullivan

The Apprenticeship Council devised and issued a call for proposals from
enterprises and education and training providers for the development of new
apprenticeships early in 2014. Following the receipt of proposals and an
evaluation process, the Council reported to the Minister recommending 25
proposals for priority development. The Minister approved this recommendation
and announced the 25 Category 1 proposals in July.

The Apprenticeship Council is now working with the 25 category one proposers on
developing the new apprenticeships. Project plans have recently been submitted
by consortia and the Council is engaging with them prior to approving the
plans. The approved development plans will include timelines for delivery. The
Council will work with consortia to commence enrolments on as many of the new
apprenticeships as possible in 2016.

The consortia themselves will be developing the curriculum and delivery model
for the new apprenticeships and will be taking account of the needs of
employers in their sector. It is envisaged that some of the new
apprenticeships will use a day release model.