Informed dialogue and engagement

What is the Regional Skills Forum

The West Regional Skills Forum is a collaborative forum comprised of representatives from education and training provider groups namely National University Ireland Galway (NUI Galway), Galway Mayo Institute of Technology(GMIT), Galway Roscommon Education & Training Board (GRETB) , Mayo Education & Training Board (MSLETB), Skillnets,  and Intreo working in partnership with industry representative groups and state agencies  IDA Ireland, Enterprise Ireland, IBEC, Western Development Commission, Údarás na Gaeltachta, Fáilte Ireland,  Local Enterprise Offices, Construction Industry Federation, Teagasc, Chambers of Commerce, American Chamber.  The Forum is industry led with chair,  Mark Gantly Senior Director R & D Hewlett Packard Cloud Services,  and  industry representation across 11 industry sectors Food & Natural Resources, Hospitality & Tourism, Pharma, Medtech, ICT, Construction, Retail, SME, Creative Industries, Retail, Engineering and Electronic Manufacturing. 

Purpose of the Regional Skills Forum

The aim of the regional skills forum is to support and facilitate communication and engagement between education and enterprise in the identification, development and delivery of skills required for the region.  Increased communication and engagement will ensure the skills needs of business are met to support job creation, sustainability of business and the availability of talented human resources.

Objectives of the Regional Skills Forum

  • Establish a working regional forum of representatives from Education & Training Providers, State Agencies, and Industry to focus on skills provision for the region.
  • Communicate and inform enterprise of services available to meet their skills needs.
  • Gather data from industry on skills gaps.
  • Establish process between industry , industry agencies and education & training providers to respond to skills gaps.

The West Regional Skills Forum is committed to building on, and leveraging from,  existing business networks to ensure there is sustainable informed two way dialogue between education/training providers and enterprises at a regional level.  This regional collaboration and information sharing in the provision of skills to the market will enhance the quality and quantity of the available skills. Enterprise may influence curriculum development ensuring a supply of trainees and graduates with the required skills.

The regional skills forum plays a key role in supporting the delivery of the  National Skills Strategy objectives.  Education and training providers,together with business, can build on the strengths of the west to meet the objectives of the action plan for jobs for the region.