Ireland’s skills strategy is to be revised as part of a joint project between the state, skills actors and the OECD.
The review, led by the OECD, will focus on how Ireland is equipped to meet current and future skills needs, as well as how businesses and employees can be supported to engage in lifelong learning.
Representatives of the skills sector here, including the National Skills Council and regional skills forums, will be centrally involved in the project.
Among the questions the review will focus on will be how the higher education and higher education and continuing education and skills ecosystem can work together and meet the current and future needs of the labor market.
It will also examine ways to strengthen a culture of lifelong learning and how skills can drive innovation.
The project is launched today in Paris by the Minister of Higher and Higher Education, Simon Harris, and the Secretary General of the OECD, Mathias Cormann.
“The pandemic has accelerated the changes in the way we live and work. Unfortunately, it has also seen many people lose their jobs, ”said Minister Harris.
“Ireland has put emphasis on talent and skills policies, including in our economic stimulus package, launched earlier this year. We have a well developed system for the provision of skills. We have to build on this, so that those who have lost their jobs can move into new and sustainable careers, and so that people have the skills necessary for society to keep pace with change, ”he said. he adds.
“Ireland, like other OECD member countries, is profoundly transformed by the continuing impacts of global megatrends, including automation, digitization and climate change, as well as the COVID-19 pandemic”, said Mathias Cormann.
“It is therefore essential that Ireland is prepared to meet these challenges and seize the opportunities of the future by ensuring that it has the right skills and that it uses those skills fully and effectively.”
The minister previously called for the college point system to be overhauled to recognize a wider range of student skills, including life skills, work experience and learning modules.
He recently said at a graduate reform conference that universities will not get additional funding unless they broaden their pathways.
The current skills exam is expected to last 12 to 15 months.
It will lead to the publication of a report in 2023.