American Chamber Hosts Education Conference in DCU & Welcomes Action Plan for Education

  • Release Date: 17/09/2016
American Chamber Hosts Education Conference in DCU and Welcomes Action Plan for Education Launched Today by Minister Richard Bruton
  • American Chamber says Action Plan for Education is a strong statement of commitment from Government to ensure a world class education system
  • Many of the initiatives in the plan are aligned with areas the Chamber has identified as important for future proofing the education system, including increased attention to upskilling, recognising diversity and improving the learning experience
Issued 15 September, 2016.  Speaking at the American Chamber of Commerce in Ireland’s  Education Conference in DCU this morning, attended by Minister for Education, Richard Bruton, the President of the American Chamber, Bob Savage, welcomed the Minister’s Action Plan for Education, published this morning.  Bob Savage particularly welcomed the Government’s stated aim to become the best education service in Europe through an Action Plan that proposes hundreds of actions to be implemented with particular focus on disadvantage, skills, and continuous improvement within the education service.
In his speech to the American Chamber conference, Bob Savage said, “Last year, we published “Ireland’s Innovation Pathway” - which included our recommendations to Government on achieving a global leadership position to ‘future-proof’ the Irish economy against disruptive technological change and global investment competition.
To achieve this, we need a particular focus at primary and second level education on the embedding of STEM competencies across the system.
A focus on STEM subjects and analytical abilities should not be read as undervaluing or ignoring the importance of the creative arts within our education system – these are of equal importance.
Equally, there is a strong view among our members that work readiness is boosted significantly by periods of experience in workplace settings, particularly those with relevance to the industry new employees are entering.
The OECD analysis in the field of skills observed that countries with strong dual vocational education and training systems have the lowest youth unemployment rates.
We need to ensure that work placements are more widely available to enhance work readiness, as it is essential to support the employees of the future.”
Speaking about the publication of the Action Plan for Education, Bob Savage, said “We are delighted to see some of our key recommendations reflected in the Action Plan for Education.  We believe the employees of the future will be coming with skills from a greater range of subject choices, will be more diverse, and will be joining the workplace with an expectation of setting off on a path of continuous learning that will reward them with excellent careers.  We believe the Action Plan for Education mirrors that belief, and, if implemented and supported by the right level of investment, will offer more diversity of subject choices, including introduction of coding and a broader range of computer sciences; better learning experiences; increased attention to upskilling and continuous professional development.  What is important now is for Government to move swiftly to the implementation phase and secure the right level of investment for this important programme which will have huge positive implications for our economy and our people.”
Today’s conference was the second annual conference on Education by the American Chamber of Commerce in Ireland, and was attended by member companies and stakeholders from the education sector.

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