Future Skills Needs Publications

High-Level ICT Demand Forecast 2017 - 2022 -  29 March 2019 - The Expert Group on Future Skills Needs has published Forecasting the Future Demand for High Level ICT Skills in Ireland, 2017-2022.

Forecasting the Future Demand for High Level ICT Skills in Ireland, 2017-2022, which was a key input into the development of the third ICT Skills Action Plan, Technology Skills 2022, marks the continuation of the EGFSN's supporting role to the ICT Skills Action Plan process- a previous study, 2013's Addressing Future Demand for High Level ICT Skills informed the development of the ICT Skills Action Plan 2014-2018.

The report is a qualitative and quantitative overview of the market, technology and service trends, and demand for High Level ICT Skills in Ireland over the period 2017 to 2022. 'High level' is defined as those skills required for designing, building and implementing high level ICT systems i.e. Computer and Electrical/Electronic engineering skills at NFQ Levels 6/7 and Levels 8+. This excludes primarily ICT user skills.

Digital Transformation: Assessing the Impact of Digitalisation on Ireland's Workforce - 07 December 2018 - Digital transformation is a key component for business success. For a business to succeed, it needs to constantly evolve, adding new products or services to respond to changes in the market. The adoption of technology allows businesses to do this and to perform core processes with a higher quality and a lower cost. The study assesses the impact that the adoption of digital technologies will have on sectors, occupations and regions in Ireland over the years 2018 to 2023. These impacts present new challenges to both public and private enterprises and the workforce.

Hospitality Skills Oversight Group Report 2018 - 19 September 2018 - The EGFSN report assessed the skills demand needs arising within the Hospitality sector in Ireland – hotels, restaurants, bars, canteens and catering – over the period to 2020. The aim was to ensure that there would be enough skilled personnel to help drive domestic hospitality sector business and employment growth. The Report also highlighted that the challenge for industry was to provide appropriate training and upskilling to staff and to provide clear progression pathways for those who wish to make hospitality their career.

Addressing the Skills Needs Arising from the Potential Trade Implications of Brexit - 14 June 2018 - In its role as the Government's advisory body on the current and future skills needs of the Irish economy, this EGFSN report forms part of the wider whole of Government response to the challenges posed by the UK's departure from the European Union. Its purpose is to enhance understanding of the skills challenges arising from Brexit's potential trade implications, and how they might best be addressed. It profiles the potential skills needs of enterprises across a number of internationally trading sectors, as well as logistics and supply chain activities; provides an overview of responses to Brexit to date in a number of EU-27 economies; assesses the demand for logistics and supply chain skillsets under a number of Brexit scenarios over the coming decade; and provides an overview of available education and training provision relevant to international trading, as well as logistics and supply chain activities. On the basis of its findings, the report concludes with a detailed action plan on how the skills needs arising from the potential trade implications of Brexit can best be addressed

Audit of Hospitality Courses in Further and Higher Education - 02 January 2018 - This report was commissioned by SOLAS and the HEA on behalf of the Hospitality Skills Oversight Group. It provides a high level of analysis of the data available that shows the numbers of courses, enrolments and awards in the Hospitality sector to enable the Group to determine how it might address the skill sets required by the sector and to aid it in identifying gaps in the provision of courses.

Vacancy Overview 2016 - 21 September 2017 - The Vacancy Overview 2016, produced by the Skills and Labour Market Research Unit (SLMRU) in SOLAS, draws on data from newly advertised job vacancies in the following sources: DSP Jobs Ireland and IrishJobs.ie, the CSO's QNHS and Job Vacancy data, SOLAS's Recruitment Agency Survey, Employment Permit data, and job announcements in the media. Its objective is to identify skills for which there is currently a demand in the Irish Labour market.

Lifelong Learning Report 2017 - 21 September 2017 - The Lifelong Learning Report is an annual report researched and published by the Skills and Labour Market Research Unit (SLMRU) in SOLAS. The report aims to monitor Ireland's progress towards the Lifelong Learning target participation rates of 10% by 2020, and 15% by 2025, as detailed in the Action Plan for Education, 2016-2019. This edition of the report examines Irish participation in Lifelong Learning in quarter 4 of 2016.

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.

Ireland’s National Skills Strategy 2025 - 27 January 2016 - 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.

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.

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.

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