Dáil Éireann - Volume 491 - 03 June, 1998

Written Answers. - Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme.

277. Mr. R. Bruton asked the Minister for Education and Science the number participating in VTOS in each of the past five years; and the approved maximum level of participation agreed by the Department for each of those respective years. [12709/98]

294. Mr. Dukes asked the Minister for Education and Science the provisions, if any, made for the continued funding of VTOS; whether it is intended to increase the number of participants in these schemes; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12813/98]

Minister for Education and Science (Mr. Martin): I propose to take Questions Nos. 277 and 294 together.

The number of participants attending VTOS [1351] courses for the last five academic years, including the current one, was as follows:

Academic Year

Approved No. of Places

No. Filled

1993-4

2,960

2,960

1994-5

5,000

4,604

1995-6

5,000

4,526

1996-7

5,000

4,544

1997-8

5,000

4,753

(October figures for each academic year)

There are no plans to change the funding provision or to increase the number of participants.