The Taoiseach and Tánaiste have launched the new National Skills Strategy 2025 (PDF)
. The Strategy identifies Ireland’s current skills profile, provides a strategic vision and specific objectives for Ireland’s future skills requirements, and sets out a road map for how the vision and objectives can be achieved.
The American Chamber of Commerce Ireland welcomes the publication of the Strategy. The emphasis in the report on the uptake of digital skills, the plan for an entrepreneurship statement for schools, supports for the upskilling of teachers of STEM disciplines, regional skills development and removing barriers to our attractiveness as a destination for talent are all to be applauded. The American Chamber called for greater support for lifelong learning opportunities in the strategy and we are pleased to see that this will be promoted and incentivised. The target of 15% participation by 2025 will exceed the EU average and is a very welcome ambition. Our member companies are very keen to see greater employability skills among graduates and the focus on this among further and higher education providers is welcome.
The Strategy has been developed around six key objectives and a comprehensive set of actions and measures aimed at improving the development, supply and use of skills over the next 10 years. Key actions in the plan include:
- Establishment of a new National Skills Council to oversee research, forecasting and prioritisation of skills needs in the economy.
- Further development of the Regional Skills Fora across the country to support increased employer engagement with education and training providers to meet the skills needs of each region.
- Apprenticeship and Traineeship places to be supported over the period to 2020.
- Further Education and Training and Higher Education providers to produce employability statements for courses.
- Development of an Entrepreneurship Education Policy Statement which will inform the development of entrepreneurship guidelines for schools
- Making sure that all Transition Year, LCVP and LCA students in schools and full-time students in further education and training and higher education benefit from work placements, and tracking this activity.
- A review of guidance services, tools and careers information for school students and adults to identify options for improvements.
- An increased focus on lifelong learning and a target to increase participation in lifelong learning to 15% by 2025 (from 6.7% in 2014).