Employers Should Pay More to Fund Higher Education, But Not at Any Cost

Posted in Governance and administration on December 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The announcement made in Budget 2018 that employers would make an additional contribution to higher education funding was a welcome one. This is to be done through three annual increases of 0.1% to the National Training Fund levy, bringing it from 0.7% to 1% …” (more)

[Joe O’Connor, University Times, 6 December]

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Government reliance on business funding for third level criticised by IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration on November 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Joan Donegan, General Secretary of the Irish Federation of University (IFUT), said that the ever-increasing emphasis by Government on the need to adapt University Education to the immediate needs of industry and business is very concerning …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 10 November]

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Employers to contribute €200 million to higher education

Posted in Governance and administration on October 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The annual levy employers pay towards higher education will be raised, contributing €200 million to the funding of higher education for the next three years. The proposed increase was laid out in Budget 2018. The National Training Fund (NTF) levy, incorporated into the employer’s share of PRSI, will to be raised from 0.7% to 0.8% next year, which would raise €47.5 million additional funding for the higher and further education sectors, according to Minister of Finance, Paschal Donohoe …” (more)

[Sarah Meehan and Aisling Grace, Trinity News, 10 October]

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Employers to get say on courses in exchange for rise in payroll levy

Posted in Governance and administration on October 9th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Businesses are set to be given a greater say in shaping the type of higher education and training courses to be delivered over the coming years in exchange for increases to a payroll levy likely to be announced in this week’s budget. The Government has been examining a proposal to raise up to €200 million through increases to a national training fund levy …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 9 October]

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Government’s Kowtowing to Employers in Response to Education Levy Sets a Risible Precedent

Posted in Governance and administration on July 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“This week, the Minister for Education, Richard Bruton, reaffirmed that his department is still strongly considering marginally – and gradually – increasing the rate at which employers must pay into the National Training Fund, with a view to using the proceeds to increase funding to higher education. But why is it that he feels the need to kowtow to the sector as a result? …” (more)

[University Times, 16 July]

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IUA Welcomes Ministerial Announcement on Review of National Training Fund

Posted in Governance and administration on July 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Universities Association welcomes today’s Ministerial announcement of a comprehensive review of the National Training Fund. The terms of reference for the review support a commitment to greater transparency in the use of the fund and the determination of its expenditure priorities. We welcome the fact that the potential of the fund to contribute to higher education remains under active consideration …” (more)

[Irish Universities Association, 14 July]

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Amid Talk of Increased Levy, Government Promises Employers Greater Impact on Education Policy

Posted in Governance and administration on July 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The government has sought to address employer concerns about an increase in the contributions employers pay to higher education, offering them greater input into future decisions on the training and education in Ireland …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath and Eleanor O’Mahony, University Times, 14 July]

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Employers to get greater say on education policy

Posted in Governance and administration on July 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Employers are to be given a greater say in shaping the type of education and training that is delivered over the coming years, in exchange for increases in payroll taxes. Earlier this year, Minister for Education Richard Bruton announced a proposal to raise an additional €200 million for the sector through increases in employers’ PRSI to the national training fund …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 14 July]

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