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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Murphy announces funding for apprenticeships, education and social enterprises
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The Executive today agreed allocations of £123 million from COVID-19 funding for apprenticeships, education and social enterprises.

Announcing the latest round of allocations, Minister Murphy said: “The Executive is providing over £47 million to enable schools and further education facilities to safely reopen. This will allow children and young people to return to education in a safe environment while at the same time enabling parents to return to work.

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“Recognising the need to ensure young people are provided with the opportunity to gain skills and employment, the Executive is providing over £17 million for apprenticeships. 

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“£7 million is being provided for social enterprises, many of which employ vulnerable people, with a further £2.5 million towards safely reopening the voluntary and social enterprise sectors.

Concluding Conor Murphy said: “These allocations will help to maintain key public services, support economic recovery, and protect the vulnerable.”

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A breakdown of the allocations is as follows:

  • £35 million – schools reopening
  • £27 million – NI Water to offset loss of income from commercial users
  • £20 million – Translink
  • £17.2 million – Apprenticeships
  • £7 million – Social Enterprises
  • £6.4 million – schools PPE
  • £5.5 million – Further Education to provide safe learning environment
  • £2.5 million – safely reopen the Voluntary & Social Enterprise sectors
  • £1.4 million – cover statutory license fees for the bus and taxi industry
  • £1 million – free school meals

The Executive is currently considering its longer-term economic strategy and the needs of the health service which will inform further allocations.

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