Dáil Éireann - Volume 686 - 30 June, 2009

Written Answers. - Adult Education.

Deputy Olwyn Enright asked the Minister for Education and Science if any of the 2,500 part-time college places include courses in renewable energy; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26115/09]

  Deputy Batt O’Keeffe: All 2,500 of the new part-time places that will come on stream in September 2009 will be on courses that support the goals of the Government’s “smart economy” plan and particularly those relating to specific skills needs of exporting sectors identified by the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs. Calls for proposals for the new places have been issued to third-level institutions by the Higher Education Authority. The Department is not in a position to say what specific courses will be offered until proposals have been received and evaluated. This process will be completed in the coming weeks and specific information on individual courses and how to apply for them will be made available by the end of July.