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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.
08 Oct 2013
EGFSN Statement on the publication of PIACC 2012
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.
15 Jul 2013
Expert Group reports show snapshot of Ireland’s skills supply and demand
Forfás and Expert Group on Future Skills Needs prepare strategies aimed at delivering on potential for 43,000 new jobs in the sector by 2020.
22 Apr 2013
Government plan for 20,000 new manufacturing jobs by 2016 – Minister Bruton, Minister Quinn
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.
26 Feb 2013
Expert Group Highlights Jobs Market Opportunities
The Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn T.D., and Minister for Training & Skills, Ciarán Cannon T.D. today announced the start of the second phase of ICT graduate skills conversion programmes.
01 Feb 2013
Ministers Quinn & Cannon announce 760 new places on ICT graduate skills conversion programmes
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.
14 Jan 2013
Minister Cannon launches first EGFSN Regional Labour Markets Bulletin 2012
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."
26 Sep 2012
Job opportunities highlighted for those with foreign languages skills
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.
25 Jul 2012
Expert Group Provides a View of Ireland's Skills Supply and Demand
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.
22 Jun 2012
Boosting Foreign Languages and International Sales Skills Required to Drive Exports Vital to Economic Recovery
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
03 Aug 2011
Expert Group Publishes Monitoring Ireland's Skills Supply Report
The Expert Group on Future Skills Needs (EGFSN) published the 2011 update of the National Skills Bulletin, its annual review of employment trends and demand for skills in Ireland. This year's Bulletin shows that the rate of deterioration in the labour market during 2010 was slower than in 2009.
06 Jul 2011
Expert Skills Group Publishes Update on Employment Trends and Demand for Skills
Amid a challenging labour market and continuing high unemployment, the first annual Vacancy Overview Report from the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs (EGFSN) has found that despite the recession and high unemployment levels, some job vacancies continued to arise in 2010, providing positive news for job seekers in Ireland.
30 Mar 2011
Third level qualifications coupled with work experience and foreign language skills in demand by employers
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.
29 Nov 2010
Expert Group identifies Future Skills Needs of the Green Economy
A new report from the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs, finds that an appropriately skilled workforce will be critical for the Irish biopharma-pharmachem sector to meet the significant challenges it faces.
15 Nov 2010
Expert Group Calls for Focus on Skills Needs of the Biopharma-Pharmachem Sector
Forfás, Ireland's policy advisory board for enterprise and science and the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs (EGFSN) today jointly welcomed the bonus points initiative for leaving certificate higher level maths students as announced by the Irish Universities Association (IUA).
12 Oct 2010
Forfás and Expert Group on Future Skills Needs welcome Bonus Points Scheme
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
20 Jul 2010
Monitoring Ireland's Skills Supply - Trends in Education and Training Outputs 2010
The Expert Group on Future Skills Needs (EGFSN) today published the 2010 update of the National Skills Bulletin, its annual review of employment and skills in Ireland.
01 Jul 2010
Expert Group publishes Update of Employment and Skills in Ireland
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.
10 May 2010
Future Skills Requirements of the Wholesale and Retail 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.
20 Nov 2009
Expert Group calls for focus on skills needs of the food and drinks sector
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.
02 Nov 2009
Irish labour market to benefit from increased output of education and training system
The Minister for Education and Science, Batt O'Keeffe TD, announced details of 1,500 free part-time undergraduate college places for unemployed workers in September.
26 Jul 2009
Minister O'Keeffe announces details of 1,500 free college places for jobless workers
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.
03 Jul 2009
Skills Opportunities Identified by Expert Group
The Expert Group on Future Skills Needs today (Monday 15th December) outlined a set of proposals aimed at ensuring Ireland becomes one of the top OECD countries in terms of mathematical proficiency.
15 Dec 2008
Level of Irish Maths Achievement is of Serious Concern to Employers
"Skills are the engine room of the modern knowledge based economy and skills development is critical to our pursuit of strong economic growth" said newly appointed Northern Ireland Advisor on Employment and Skills, Bill McGinnis at the All-Island Skills Conference.
09 Oct 2008
Speech by the newly appointed Northern Ireland Advisor on Employment and Skills, Bill McGinnis, and Anne Heraty, Chair, Expert Group on Future Skills Needs at the All-Island Skills Conference, Millennium Forum, Derry, Co. Londonderry
The ICT (information and communications technologies) sector will continue to provide job and growth opportunities for the Irish economy and workforce according to the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs.
23 Jun 2008
Strong Future and Opportunities for ICT Sector in Ireland
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.
05 Feb 2008
EGFSN sets out the Skills Needs of the Medical Devices Sector
Ireland offers a favourable business environment for international financial services activities and remains a very attractive location for investment by multinational firms in the industry.
12 Dec 2007
Skills Development Central to Continued Success of Ireland’s International Financial Services
Experts in skills arena addressed Irish prospects at the FÁS Conference ‘Future Skills Needs: Comparing International Perspectives’
23 Oct 2007
Conference Highlights Need To Learn From International Experience
Mr. Micheál Martin the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, today (Tuesday 8th May 2007) announced the membership of the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs (EGFSN).
08 May 2007
Minister Martin Announces Membership of the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs