Written answers

Tuesday, 6 November 2007

Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment

Skills Register

9:00 pm

Photo of Margaret ConlonMargaret Conlon (Cavan-Monaghan, Fianna Fail)
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Question 270: To ask the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment if there is a skills register for County Monaghan; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27494/07]

Photo of Margaret ConlonMargaret Conlon (Cavan-Monaghan, Fianna Fail)
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Question 271: To ask the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment if there is a skills register for County Cavan; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27495/07]

Photo of Micheál MartinMicheál Martin (Minister, Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment; Cork South Central, Fianna Fail)
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I propose to take Questions Nos. 270 and 271 together.

There is no skills register for either County Monaghan or County Cavan maintained under the auspices of my Department or its agencies. I am aware that other county and local authorities are considering the establishment of a skills register for their respective areas. However, it is a matter for these bodies to decide whether there is a need to develop a skills register for their respective areas. On a national level the FAS Skills and Labour Market Research Unit (SLMRU) is charged with acting as a central data gathering, analytical and research resource for the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs (EGFSN). The SLMRU maintains the National Skills Database containing all available statistics relating to skills and the labour market in Ireland. The National Skills Database has been designed to collate all available information about the supply and demand of skills in Ireland. As such, it provides a resource for analysis and forecasting of the labour market at skills level.

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