Parliamentary Question – Provision of training courses and education through FAS in Balbriggan

To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will provide an update on  the provision of training courses and education through SOLAS in Balbriggan County Dublin following the reduction in course provision this year; and if he  will make a statement on the matter.

 Minister of State, Ciarán Cannon

“I understand that in 2011, the FÁS Baldoyle Training Services Unit conducted a
comprehensive review of its training provision in the greater Dublin North and West areas, which included the Balbriggan area.  This review focused on performance outcomes in line with the FÁS training strategy, in terms of employment, progression to further training and education, and certification. 

Such reviews are essential to ensure that FÁS Baldoyle Training Services Unit delivers a diverse range of effective training interventions to a broad  category of clients, across a wide range of geographical locations, including  Balbriggan, within a defined training budget.
The 2011 review identified the need for FÁS Baldoyle Training Unit to readjust its 2012 training provision and course type in the Balbriggan area as, in many  cases, the key performance training outcomes were not being achieved.

Following a recent analysis of labour market opportunities, it has been decided to locate a Contact Centre Support course in the Balbriggan area. This course is scheduled to commence on 11th June, 2012.”