The newly launched Strategy is a key pillar to keep the recovery going and build sustainable economic growth. The National Skills Strategy 2025 – Ireland’s Future, was launched earlier this week at the Blackrock Further Education Institute, Dublin.
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 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.
· 50,000 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.
· A review of the School Leaver Age with a view to increasing it.
· An increased focus on lifelong learning and a target to increase participation in lifelong learning to 15% by 2025 (from 6.7% in 2014).
The Department of Education and Skills will provide strong leadership in order to ensure the Strategy is successfully implemented and these actions are achieved.
The Strategy will aim to ensure that Ireland’s current and future workforce needs are met through increased participation, educational attainment, skills development and skill use to achieve greater productivity and support economic and social prosperity and growth.
The Strategy Report is available at : http://www.education.ie/en/Publications/Policy-Reports/pub_national_skills_strategy_2025.pdf