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  • 08 Oct 2013  EGFSN Statement on the publication of PIACC 2012

    The Expert Group on Future Skills Needs today noted the results of a new major international survey which found that Ireland is making progress in fostering adult literacy. PIACC 2012, an OECD study performed by the CSO for Ireland, found that fewer adults are scoring at lower levels for literacy skills than the previous study undertaken in 1990s. Ireland is one of only five countries in the study to have improved literacy skills. However, overall Irish adults were found to be below average in literacy, ranking 17th out of 24 participating countries.

  • 15 Jul 2013  Expert Group reports show snapshot of Ireland’s skills supply and demand

    The Expert Group on Future Skills Needs today published two reports which together provide a snapshot of the current supply and demand of skills in Ireland. Monitoring Ireland's Skills Supply: Trends in Education and Training Outputs 2013 is the Expert Group's report on the supply of skills to the Irish labour market and the National Skills Bulletin 2013 provides a review of employment trends, job opportunities and demand for skills.

  • 26 Feb 2013  Expert Group Highlights Jobs Market Opportunities

    The Expert Group on Future Skills Needs today (Tuesday, 26 February) published its third Vacancy Overview report, which outlines the areas where job vacancies arose during 2012. Through an analysis of almost 100,000 vacancies (from two sources – DSP/FÁS Jobs Ireland and IrishJobs.ie), the Vacancy Overview shows that vacancies continue to exist for most occupations with a strong demand for those with work experience, third level qualifications and/or foreign language skills.

  • 14 Jan 2013  Minister Cannon launches first EGFSN Regional Labour Markets Bulletin 2012

    Minister for Training and Skills, Ciarán Cannon, TD today launched the first in an annual series of publications examining the regional labour markets in Ireland. Regional Labour Markets Bulletin 2012 – published by the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs (EGFSN) - provides an understanding of the labour market at regional level for each of Ireland’s eight regions: Border, Dublin, Mid East, Midland, Mid West, South East, South West and West.

  • 26 Sep 2012  Job opportunities highlighted for those with foreign languages skills

    On European Day of Languages (Wednesday 26th September), the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs (EGFSN), is calling on individuals to focus on boosting their foreign language skills to take advantage of job opportunities. Commenting, Una Halligan said, "Foreign language skills are crucial to driving Ireland’s trade and export performance in both existing and emerging overseas markets. There are more and more opportunities for workers who can speak a foreign language. This can be developed through their continuing professional development. It is essential that students build on the foreign language proficiency that they have acquired at second level, into their further studies."

  • 25 Jul 2012  Expert Group Provides a View of Ireland's Skills Supply and Demand

    The Expert Group on Future Skills Needs today (Wednesday 25 July) has published two reports which together provide a view of both the supply and demand of skills in Ireland. Monitoring Ireland's Skills Supply: Trends in Education and Training Outputs is the Expert Group's annual report on the supply of skills to the Irish labour market and the National Skills Bulletin, provides a review of employment trends, job opportunities and demand for skills.

  • 22 Jun 2012  Boosting Foreign Languages and International Sales Skills Required to Drive Exports Vital to Economic Recovery

    Forfás and the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs (EGFSN) have today published a study, Key Skills for Enterprise to Trade Internationally, which sets out the skills and talent needed to drive Ireland's trade and export performance in both existing and emerging overseas markets. The study provides a detailed blueprint for adjustments to our education, training and professional development to align skills with the needs of exporting businesses.

  • 03 Aug 2011  Expert Group Publishes Monitoring Ireland's Skills Supply Report

    The Expert Group on Future Skills Needs (EGFSN) today published its annual report on the supply of skills to the Irish labour market. The report, 'Monitoring Ireland's Skills Supply: Trends in Education and Training Outputs', examines the numbers of students entering and leaving the education/training system in Ireland

  • 29 Nov 2010  Expert Group identifies Future Skills Needs of the Green Economy

    The Expert Group on Future Skills Needs has launched its report, "Future Skills Needs of Enterprise within the Green Economy in Ireland". The fast growing Green Economy has been identified as an area where Ireland has potential for growth, as highlighted in the Government's National Recovery Plan 2011 – 2014 published last week.

  • 20 Jul 2010  Monitoring Ireland's Skills Supply - Trends in Education and Training Outputs 2010

    The Expert Group on Future Skills Needs today published its annual report on the supply of skills to the Irish labour market. The report, "Monitoring Ireland's Skills Supply: Trends in Education and Training Outputs", highlights the increasing numbers of students entering and leaving the education and training system in Ireland

  • 10 May 2010  Future Skills Requirements of the Wholesale and Retail Sector

    While employment growth is not forecast to return to the wholesale and retail sector in the short term, the sector continues to provide significant employment accounting for over 14 per cent of jobs in the country, according to this report.

  • 20 Nov 2009  Expert Group calls for focus on skills needs of the food and drinks sector

    The Irish food and beverage processing industry will continue to provide sustainable employment as one of our major exporting sectors, according to a new report launched today by the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs (EGFSN). While employment growth is not forecast in an increasingly competitive environment, the sector will continue to provide significant direct and indirect employment. The study also identifies a number of skills challenges and makes recommendations on how they might be addressed to ensure the industry’s future success.

  • 02 Nov 2009  Irish labour market to benefit from increased output of education and training system

    The Expert Group on Future Skills Needs today published its annual report on the supply of skills to the Irish labour market. The report, “Monitoring Ireland’s Skills Supply: Trends in Education and Training Output”, found that while higher level participation rates declined for maths, physics and chemistry at Leaving Certificate level between 2004 and 2008, there has been an increase in higher level participation in maths and science at Junior Certificate level with the share of students achieving a grade D or more at higher level also increasing.

  • 03 Jul 2009  Skills Opportunities Identified by Expert Group

    The Expert Group on Future Skills Needs published its annual review of employment and skills in Ireland. The National Skills Bulletin 2009 confirms that while the Irish labour market took a sharp negative turn in 2008, with all labour market indicators disimproving, there are still some areas of job opportunity.

  • 05 Feb 2008  EGFSN sets out the Skills Needs of the Medical Devices Sector

    Future Skills Needs of the Irish Medical Devices Sector, published by the EGFSN, examines the trends and drivers of change in the industry, and assesses the skills requirements at all levels to 2013 to ensure continued success.
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