Expert Group on Future Skills Needs Publications

Update on Future Skills Needs in the Food and Drink Sector - 13 April 2017 -  The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, TD, and the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, TD, have launched the 2017 Report on Future Skills Needs in the Food and Drink Sector. This Report by the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs assesses skills needs in the food and drink sector in Ireland and makes recommendations aimed at addressing any gaps that might currently exist. 

The Report identifies twelve recommendations under the headings of: work-based learning; internships, mentoring and apprenticeships; languages and international selling; and coordination. These recommendations will be reported on a bi-annual basis.

Regional Labour Markets Bulletin 2016 - 13 October 2016 - The Regional Labour Markets Bulletin 2016 provides an overview of the Irish labour market for each of Ireland’s eight administrative regions: Border, Dublin, Mid-East, Midland, Mid-West, South-East, South-West, and West. The Report presents a comprehensive profile of Ireland’s regions and provides information of relevance for evidence based policy making in the areas of education and training provision, career guidance, as well as relevant labour market activation initiatives and associated services for job seekers at regional level.

Future Skills Needs of the Biopharma Industry in Ireland - 08 August 2016 - The objective of the study is to review the supply of, and demand for, skills required to address the skill needs of the Biopharma industry in Ireland up to 2020. The aim is to ensure that the right skills are available to drive business and employment growth and help graduates and jobseekers fill potential job openings.

Lifelong Learning Participation Among Adults in Ireland, Quarter 4 2015 - 29 July 2016 - One of the EU education and training benchmarks aims for 15% of 25-64 year-olds to participate in lifelong learning by 2020. This paper is the second in a series which aims to monitor Ireland’s progress towards this target by examining the number and share of persons aged 25-64 years who had engaged in lifelong learning activities.

Vacancy Overview 2015 - 06 May 2016 - The Vacancy Overview 2015, produced by the Skills and Labour Market Research Unit in SOLAS on behalf of the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs, draws on data from newly advertised job vacancies in the following sources: DSP Jobs Ireland and IrishJobs.ie, with the objective of identifying skills for which there is currently a demand in the Irish labour market.  While previous editions of the report examined the vacancies that were occurring by occupational group, the 2015 edition collates the data and reports the findings by sector, and introduces a number of additional key labour market indicators.

Assessment of Future Skills Requirements in the Hospitality Sector in Ireland, 2015-2020 - 12 November 2015 - The hospitality sector is one of the most important employment services sectors in the Irish economy, and there is significant potential for future expansion. The objective of this study is to assess the skills demand needs arising within the Hospitality sector in Ireland – hotels, restaurants, bars, canteens and catering – over the period to 2020. The aim is to ensure that there will be the right supply of skills to help drive domestic hospitality sector business and employment growth.

Regional Labour Markets Bulletin 2015 - 06 October 2015 - The Regional Labour Markets Bulletin 2015 is the fourth in a series of reports aimed at providing an analysis of the key labour market indicators for each of Ireland’s eight administrative regions: Border, Dublin, Mid-East, Midland, Mid-West, South-East, South-West, and West. The report provides an overview of the Irish labour market at regional level with the objective of supporting the decision making process in the areas of education and training provision, career guidance, and labour market policies, including labour market activation initiatives.

Monitoring Ireland’s Skills Supply – Trends in Education and Training Outputs 2015 - 23 July 2015 -Monitoring Ireland’s Skills Supply 2015 is the tenth in a series of annual publications produced by the Skills and Labour Market Research Unit in SOLAS on behalf of the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs. The report aims to provide an indication of the current and future supply of skills available in Ireland. This year, the format of Monitoring Ireland’s Skills Supply has been revised: while retaining an analysis of inflows and outflows to the education/training system, the report also draws on data from the CSO’s Quarterly National Household Survey in order to provide a skills profile of the population in terms of field and level of education. In addition, the report is now organised according to field of learning.

A Study of the Current and Future Skills Requirements of the Marine/Maritime Economy to 2020 - 30 April 2015 - This report assesses the profile and diversity of the occupations and skills requirements of enterprises across five sectors (Seafood and Bio-Products, Maritime Transport, Shipbuilding and Services, Energy, Tourism and Maritime Monitoring, Security and Surveillance) in the Marine/Maritime Economy.

Addressing the Demand for Skills in the Freight Transport, Distribution and Logistics Sector in Ireland 2015 – 2020 - 18 February 2015 - The aim of the study is to assess the skills and competency requirements for the Freight Transport, Distribution and Logistics sector in Ireland up to 2020, and
to propose recommendations that will ensure Ireland has the right skill base to meet enterprise needs.

Assessing the Demand for Big Data and Analytics Skills, 2013 - 2020 - 7th May 2014 - The aim of this study, undertaken by Forfás and the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs, is to assess the demand for big data and analytics roles and their related skills, competences and qualification requirements and map out relevant current and planned education and training output. It proposes actions to address gaps identified between supply and demand and assist in harnessing the considerable economic and social potential of this area into the medium-term. The study was included as an action within the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs 2013.

Future Skills Requirements of the Manufacturing Sector to 2020 - 22 April 2013 - The Government's Action Plan for Jobs 2012 highlighted the need for a renewed focus on manufacturing. The overarching objective of this study is to address the skills requirements of the manufacturing sector in Ireland, over the period 2012-2020. This study has been developed in tandem with the wider strategy for manufacturing, Making it in Ireland, which is being undertaken by Forfás under the Action Plan for Jobs 2012.



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