Review of Ireland’s National Skills Strategy

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An examination project of Ireland’s National Skills Strategy has been launched in Paris by Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris, and Secretary General Mathias Cormann.

This project will review the National Skills Strategy, 2016 to 2025 and examine how Ireland is equipped to meet current and future skills needs.

‘Ireland’s National Skills Strategy 2025 – Ireland’s Future’ is designed to benefit all people living in Ireland, companies operating here or planning to establish here, those working here, and those hoping to work here. It recognises the role that skills can play in the improvement of all and in supporting people here to grow as global citizens.

Minister Harris said:

“The pandemic has accelerated changes to the way we live and work. Unfortunately, it has also seen many people lose their jobs.

“Ireland has placed a central focus on talent and skills policies, including in our Economic Recovery Plan, launched earlier this year. We have a well-developed system for the provision of skills. We need to build on this, so those who lost their jobs can embark on new and sustainable careers, and so that people have the necessary skills to ensure society keeps up with the pace of change.

“I was delighted to meet with Secretary General Cormann in Paris today. Ireland is proud to have a longstanding close partnership with the OECD. I know that SG Cormann, and his colleagues in the OECD, understand that education, skills and lifelong learning are the most robust, transformative and lasting means to future-proof a country’s economic and social wellbeing.

“The project being launched today will greatly assist the Department in its examination of our Skills Strategy – in order to ensure that we have a solid foundation on which to build Ireland’s competitiveness and support future economic and social sustainability – through an ambitious and comprehensive approach to the skills, talent and human capital development of its working age population.”

Secretary Cormann said:

“Ireland, like other OECD Member countries, is being profoundly transformed by the continuing impacts of global megatrends, including, automation, digitalisation, and climate change, as well as by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It is therefore essential that Ireland is ready to confront these challenges and seize the opportunities of the future by ensuring it has the right skills and uses these skills fully and effectively.

“With that in mind, the OECD is looking forward to working with the Government of Ireland and Irish stakeholders on a collaborative OECD Skills Strategy project to ensure Ireland has the skills it needs to succeed today and tomorrow.”

The ‘OECD Skills Strategy Ireland: Assessment and Recommendations’ report is set to be published in 2023.


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