Skills Challenges Meeting With OECD

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The National Skills Council is meeting with the OECD and other key stakeholders to discuss some of the skills challenges facing Ireland.

The National Skills Council is the high-level platform for partnership between the education and training system, and industry representatives.

“Skills policy is an area of enormous importance, informing how people in Ireland live, work, learn and thrive.

“Our work with the OECD through the Skills Strategy Project allows for an examination of our Skills Strategy and approach 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 skills, talent and human capital development.”

As part of the OECD Skills Strategy Ireland, the project will examine how responsive the higher education and further education and training systems are to current and future labour market needs. It will also report on how best to promote a culture of lifelong learning, and how skills can drive innovation.

Stakeholder engagement and meetings with key partners in the skills ecosystem has driven the agenda of the OECD Skills Strategy project to date.

However, the OECD would now like to broaden the conversation by launching the first in a series of surveys in which business owners, individuals and community organisations can give their say on the future of skills in Ireland.

Minister Harris said:

“It is important that everyone in the skills ecosystem has a chance to be involved with the review which will shape our skills approach for the next decade.

“I encourage people and enterprises around the country to have their say by engaging with the OECD survey.”

El Iza Mohamedou, Head of the OECD Centre for Skills, said:

“Effective development and use of skills across the life course are vital to future-proof Ireland’s economic and social wellbeing.

“Over the past few months we have started extensive engagement with various stakeholders in Ireland’s skills ecosystem to examine the challenges and opportunities facing the Irish system – which will frame the approach to our work on the OECD Skills Strategy. We look forward to continuing the discussions in the upcoming months.

“From an international perspective, we see that similar skills challenges have arisen across a range of countries, and we look forward to sharing our perspectives and international best practice with Ireland as the OECD Skills Strategy evolves.”

Some of the core challenges examined over the two day session will include:

  • Ireland’s supply of skills and our advantage in the global war for talent, including issues around labour shortages and access to a skilled workforce
  • lifelong Learning, in particular engagement of vulnerable groups, and embedding a culture of learning in the workplace
  • ensuring Ireland has the best possible, most agile, responsive and joined up skills ecosystem; and an appropriate balance in the skills system
  • the importance of partnership approaches, and basing our policy on evidence, insights and data from a range of stakeholders
  • access to tertiary education

You can read the OECD Skills Strategy Ireland – 1st public consultation survey here.

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is an intergovernmental economic organisation with 38 member countries, founded in 1961 to stimulate economic progress and world trade. is the largest database of professional development and corporate training courses in Ireland. We list thousands of training courses from trainers and training providers nationwide.

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