Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Thursday, 2 December 2021

Select Committee on Education and Skills

Estimates for Public Services 2021
Vote 26 - Education and Skills (Supplementary)
Vote 45 - Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science (Supplementary)

Photo of Niall CollinsNiall Collins (Limerick County, Fianna Fail) | Oireachtas source

In terms of identifying skills and deficits in skills, there are seven regional skills fora and they are rooted in their regions. The fora are populated by employers and business and industry leaders in these regions. The fora are not sector-specific and cover all of the sectors. There is also a regional skills manager in each of the areas who oversees and co-ordinates. So that is part of the bottom-up collaboration and bottom-up information flow exercise that the Department operates to keep in touch with business and identify any needs or gaps.


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