Dáil Éireann - Volume 445 - 11 October, 1994

Written Answers. - Departmental Technical Assistance.

217. Mr. J. Bruton asked the Minister for Enterprise and Employment the detailed terms and conditions under which his Department received technical assistance amounting to £9.865 million; if he will give details of each project for which it was used; if a copy of the study or studies carried out was supplied to the European Commission; if a copy is available for inspection by [1138] members of the public; and, if not, the reason therefor. [153/94]

Minister for Enterprise and Employment (Mr. Quinn): The European Commission technical assistance provision to my Department of £9.865 million, referenced in my written reply to the Deputy on 29 June 1994, is assigned to a number of headings, as outlined as follows.

European Social Fund Programme Evaluation Unit

The European Social Fund Programme Evaluation Unit is funded 100 per cent by the European Commission. The unit was established in January 1992 in partnership between my Department and the European Commission. Its function is to evaluate the effectiveness of all human resource development interventions supported by the European Social Fund and complementary funding provided through the European Regional Development Fund. The unit reports to a management committee representative of my Department, the European Commission and the Department of Education. The work programme for the unit is agreed periodically between my Department, which is the national authority for the European Social Fund, and the European Commission.

By virtue of its reporting structure, all studies carried out by the European Social Fund Programme Evaluation Unit are submitted to the European Commission. A list of evaluations completed to date is at Appendix I. Copies of all reports are also publicly available.

Human Resources Community Initiatives — Euroform, Horizon and NOW

Preparatory Technical Assistance of £3.553 million under this heading has been made available by the European Commission. This funding, which is fully sourced from the European Social Fund, is provided for two particular purposes.

First, allocations were made to selected sponsors of projects to enable them [1139] to develop their initial proposals for funding under these three Community initiatives and to ensure that they fully complied with the eligibility and funding criteria set down. A full list of the projects which received such support is given at Appendix II. Not all of the projects submitted were subsequently approved for operational funding under the relevant programme.

Support Structure Technical Assistance is also provided, at a 100 per cent intervention rate, through the European Social Fund over the period. This funding facilitated my Department in retaining expertise to provide full-time support and advice to participating projects on operational aspects and to ensure that they realised the programme objectives established at the outset. An important part of this exercise also is to provide support to project sponsors, many of them in the voluntary/ community sector and having access to European Social Fund moneys for the first time, through assistance with financial management and control procedures.

The support structures involved are: The NOW programme — The Council for the Status of Women; The Euroform Programme — Leargas — The Exchange Bureau, The Horizon Programme for the Disabled — The National Rehabilitation Board for the Disadvantaged — The Work Research Centre.

Technical assistance provision for the purposes outlined above is focused on operational support and, although quarterly reporting on projects and the dissemination of information is an integral part of the role of the support structures, the publication/availability of studies in the sense posed in the Deputy's question is not relevant in this context.

Innovative Actions for Vocational Training and Employment

Sixteen projects are currently receiving funding under this programme through the European Social Fund [1140] (ESF). The total ESF budget is £4,236 million and the intervention rate is 75 per cent of project costs. Project details and the individual ESF allocations involved are given at Appendix III.

Support to ensure that the quality, operational and financial requirements are realised has been arranged by my Department and involves an ESF technical assistance budget of £0.155 million.

The support structure for this programme, which discharges an identical role to that described above and related to the Community Initiatives Support Structures, is Leargas — The Exchange Bureau.

ERDF Technical Assistance Received during 1989-1993

Over the period 1989-1993 the Department of Enterprise and Employment Industry-ERDF side received £932,000 in EU funding for technical assistance. This amount is calculated as follows:

£

External Evaluation of the Industry Operational Programme

217,000

Upgrading of IT equipment and training in the agencies

316,000

Funding of the Industry Evaluation Unit

253,000

Technical Assistance Sub- programme

127,000

Technical Assistance for PRISMA Initiative

40,000

953,000

External Evaluator: a specific condition of the Industry Operational Programme — OP — under which the assistance from the European Regional Development Fund would be provided, was that the member state, in agreement with the Commission, would contract an outside evaluator to carry out an ongoing evaluation of the operational programme. Deloitte and Touche were engaged as external evaluators and commenced work in 1990. Their [1141] first report was completed in December 1991 and submitted to the Industry Monitoring Committee. The European Commission are members of that committee.

Deloitte and Touche were re-engaged as external evaluators in mid-1992 and commenced their evaluation in November 1992. Their second and final report was submitted to the Department in February 1994. The report was supplied to the Commission and will be considered by the Industry Monitoring Committee at its next meeting which is scheduled for late October. Copies of the report are available on request. The total expenditure for the evaluation was £289,000. That expenditure was grant-aided at 75 per cent from the European Regional Development Fund.

IT equipment for Agencies: to facilitate the provision of physical indicators and financial data required under the Industry OP, the IDA, SFADCo and Eolas were provided with financial support to upgrade their data processing facilities. Expenditure of £421,795 was grant-aided at 75 per cent from the CSF technical assistance programme. Total European Regional Development Fund received by the agencies amounted to £316,350.

Funding of the Industry Evaluation Unit: in mid-1992 the European Commission agreed to fully grant-aid the operation of a full-time Evaluation Unit for the Industry OP. The function of the unit is to carry out reviews and analyses of the measures and subprogrammes of the Industry Operational Programme.

The unit reports to a Steering Group made up of officials from the relevant Government Departments, the European Commission and the Social Partners. Copies of all studies carried out are provided to the Commission. The question of publication of studies is to be considered by the Steering Group in the near future.

Technical Assistance Subprogramme: a provision of 0.1 per cent of the European Regional Development Fund support to measures under the Industry Operational Programme was made [1142] available for technical assistance purposes in order to strengthen the management, co-ordination and control required for monitoring and evaluation of the programme. Total Government expenditure under this heading for the five years amounted to £170,000. That expenditure was grant-aided from the European Regional Development Fund at 75 per cent, i.e. £127,000. The expenditure incurred was for upgrading the industrial data base in the Department and in ABT; information, publicity and printing relating to the launch of the Operational Programme; the engagement of consultants to report on business information centres in Ireland.

Technical Assistance for PRISMA Initiative: the £40,000 European Regional Development Fund received for technical assistance under the PRISMA Initiative was for: printing of the PRISMA OP; engaging consultants in the selection of proposals process; market research study into calibration requirements in Ireland; advertising and publicity of the OP; engaging consultants to carry out an evaluation of the OP and PRISMA Awards Launch at the completion of the OP.

APPENDIX I

European Social Fund Programme Evaluation Unit

Evaluations Completed

December 1992

Evaluation Report on the Advanced Technical Skills Programme in the Universities.

Evaluation Report on the FÁS Industrial Restructuring Programme.

Evaluation Report on the FÁS Specific Skills Training Programme.

Survey of Employers.

June 1993

Evaluation Report on FÁS Enterprise Measures.

Evaluation Report on the Human Resources Sub-Programme of the Tourism Operational Programme.

Evaluation Report on the Middle Level Technician and Higher Technical and Business Skills Programmes in the Regional Technical Colleges/Dublin Institute of Technology.

Initial Evaluation on Impact Indicators (Placement and Certification).

[1143] December 1993

Survey of Employers.

Follow-up Evaluation on the FÁS Specific Skills Training Programme.

Follow-up Evaluation on the FÁS Industrial Restructuring Programme.

Evaluation of Certification Systems.

March 1994

Thematic Evaluation on Training of Trainers.

April 1994

Thematic Evaluation on Women's Training Provision.

Thematic Evaluation on Recording Systems.

Thematic Evaluation on Impact Indicators.

July 1994

Survey of Micro Enterprise.

Evaluation Report on the Vocational Preparation and Training Programme delivered by the Department of Education.

APPENDIX II

List of promoters to whom Preparatory Technical Assistance was paid.

EUROFORM PROJECTS

Promoter

IR£

Received preparatory technical assistance only

Clonaslee Co-operative

4,000

Irish Marine Services

8,000

Open Channel

8,000

Atlantis Business Consultants

8,000

East Clare Community Co- operative

4,000

College of Commerce, Rathmines

4,000

CKC Consultants

4,000

Hibernia University Enterprise Training Partnership

5,600

SMEs Measure

FÁS

54,990

ICTU

8,000

Irish Productivity Centre

8,000

SIPTU

8,000

Tallaght regional technical college

8,000

Templebar Properties

8,000

Kencem Ltd.

8,000

Audio Visual Centre UCD

4,000

Cork regional technical college

4,000

University of Limerick

4,000

Eukon Training Consultants

4,000

Dairygold

4,000

New Technology Measure

Cork regional technical college

8,000

EO Teilifís

8,000

Tallaght regional technical college

1,830

Trinity College Dublin

7,695

[1144]National Council of YMCAs

8,000

St. Luke's and St. Anne's Hospital

8,000

National Distance Education Centre, DCU

4,000

Digital Equipment Ireland Ltd.

4,000

New Qualifications Measure

Aer Lingus

8,000

Coillte

8,000

Mountaineering Council of Ireland

8,000

National Youth Federation

8,000

European Institute of Industrial Engineers

7,774

Moate Business College

4,000

UCG

8,000

Our Lady's Hospice

4,000

Tourism Measure

CERT

8,000

Muintearas

8,000

Údarás na Gaeltachta

8,000

Comhchoiste Forbartha

7,984

Dublin College of Catering

8,000

SFADCo

5,000

Rural Development Measure

Teagasc

8,000

Baile Conaill

8,000

IRD Duhallow

4,000

Macra na Feirme

4,000

Environment Measure

Conservation Volunteers Ireland

8,000

Dublin Institute of Technology

8,000

EEE — Ecology Energy Economics

8,000

Conservation Education Trust

4,000

Local Development and Employment Creation Measure

Dublin Institute of Technology

8,000

Irish Trade Union Trust

8,000

Arklow Enterprise Centre

8,000

Macnas Training Ltd.

4,000

Ringsend Community Workshop

4,000

St. Andrew's Resource Centre

4,000

Trinity College Dublin

4,000

Senior College Ballyfermot

4,000

West Cork Education Institute for Rural Development

4,000

National Youth and Local Arts Training (Arts Council, NYCI, UCD)

12,000

Actions to Help the Long-Term Unemployed

National Distance Education Centre DCU

4,000

RTC and Audio Visual Centre UCD

4,000

Alliance for Work Forum

4,000

University of Limerick

4,000

Technical Assistance

Dublin Technology Partnership

8,000

[1145] HORIZON PROJECTS

Promoter

IR£

Measure to Support Interventions into Homelessness and Social Exclusion

Dublin Committee for Travelling People

2,500

Focus Point

3,015

Simon Community

2,500

Measure for Severely Disadvantaged Youth

Athlone Youth Enterprise Workshop

2,146

Comharchumann Oileán Thoraí

2,140

First Step

2,050

Kerry Diocesan Youth Service

2,500

Limerick Youth Service

2,500

Louth Youth Federation

2,500

St. Joseph's Adolescent Unit

3,160

St. Vincent's Trust

3,250

Measure for Developing Supports and Interventions for the Long- Term Unemployed

Ana Liffey Drug Project

2,500

Athlone Community Services Council

2,500

Barnardo's

1,963

Exchange House

3,500

FÁS

3,100

Ferns Diocesan Youth Service

2,500

Fire Station Artists' Studios Ltd.

2,400

ICTU

2,500

Irish National Organisation of the Unemployed

2,820

National Youth Federation & Energy Action Ltd.

2,500

Oideas Gael

2,500

PAUL Partnership Limerick

2,500

Rural Resettlement Ireland Ltd.

2,500

Measure to Enhance the Impact of New Development Infrastructures

Combat Poverty Agency

5,200

Community Action Network

2,500

CAFE-Combat Poverty Agency

1,884

Dublin Literacy Scheme

2,250

Dublin Travellers Education and Development Group

2,500

Tralee Horizon Partnership

1,585

[1146] NOW PROJECTS

Project Promoter

IR£

Cork regional technical college

5,000

ESB

5,000

Dublin Technology Partnership

5,000

College of Technology

5,000

Tallaght Programme for Economic and Social Progress Partnership

10,000

Muintearas

5,000

Waterford Childcare Ltd.

5,000

EC Childcare Network/UCD

5,000

Wallaroo

5,000

Aontas

5,000

Dublin Committee for Travelling People

4,877

FÁS

7,500

ICTU

5,000

County Offaly vocational education committee

4,000

Resource Centre for the Unemployed

5,000

An Post

5,000

Women in Contract Cleaning

5,000

National Youth Council

5,000

DTEDG

5,000

Lourdes Youth & Community Services Ltd.

5,000

Tallaght NOW Women's Group

5,000

Shannon Aerospace Ltd.

5,000

Department of Justice

5,000

Connaught Rural Women

5,000

Ronanstown Women's Group

7,500

CERT

5,000

Údarás na Gaeltachta

5,000

Parents Alone Resource Centre

5,000

Shannon Development

5,000

LEI-First Step

5,000

An tInneall Glas

5,000

North Leitrim Women

2,500

Ferns Diocesan Youth Service

2,500

Waterford vocational education committee

2,500

Teagasc

5,000

IDA

2,500

Combat Poverty

3,000

UCG

5,000

APPENDIX III

Operational Programme for Innovatory Projects/Technical Assistance

Agency

Project

NRB

Identification of needs

(£.452m)

Development of a Standard Curriculum for Trainers Courses

(£.100m)

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New Approaches to Training

(£.202m)

Community Enterprise Centre

(£.533m)

Research Programme for Irish Sign Language

(£.162m)

Higher Education Authority

Computerisation of First Destination of Award Recipients Report

(£.075m)

FÁS

Industry Sectoral Studies

(£.885m)

Apprenticeship Training

(£.150m)

Manpower Forecasting

(£.300m)

ESRI

Evaluation of Objectives 3 and 4

(£.016m)

Teagasc

Assessment and Development of Teagasc's Training Programmes

(£.351m)

Agri-Tourism Development

(£.065m)

Department of Education

Enterprise Development

(£.599m)

Údarás na Gaeltachta

Training for the Audio-Visual Industry

(£.130m)

Shannon Free Airport Development Company

Community Enterprise Plan

(£.104m)

Department of Enterprise and Employment

School Leavers Survey

(£.112m)