Regional Skills Fora Established As Part Of Action Plan For Jobs

A new national network of Regional Skills Fora has been announced by the Department of Education and Skills as part of the government's Action Plan for Jobs.

The Fora will provide a more systematic way for employers and the education and training system to work together to build the supply of skills to support job creation and the growth and development of each region.

The network will:

• Provide a cohesive education led structure for employers and the further and higher education system to work together in building the skills needs of their regions;

• Help employers better understand and access the full range of services available across the education and training system;

• Enhance links between education and training providers in planning and delivering programmes, reduce duplication and inform national funding decisions.

"The work to create the new skills fora is being undertaken in the context of the strong focus on the skills agenda as part of Government policy to support economic recovery and development, job creation and tackling unemployment," Minister Jan O’Sullivan said.

"This includes the development of a new national Skills Strategy and Enterprise Policy statement to 2025 and the publication of 9 Regional Action Plans for Jobs. A national Project Advisory Group has been established to advise on all aspects of the establishment and development of the network."


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