SUPPORTING WORKING LIVES AND ENTERPRISE GROWTH IN IRELAND

2 July 2018 

SUPPORTING WORKING LIVES AND ENTERPRISE GROWTH IN IRELAND

2018-2021 further education and training policy framework for skills development of people in employment

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This document sets out a new policy framework for employee development opportunities in Ireland. It will be supported by Government through the national further education and training system. The policy includes goals and targets for the period 2018- 2021. The Department of Education and Skills will oversee implementation of the policy with the further education and training agency SOLAS, working closely with Education and Training Boards (ETBs) around the country.

The new policy will enable targeted support for vulnerable groups in the Irish workforce, particularly those who have lower skills levels and who need more opportunities to advance in their working lives and careers, to sustain their employment and to avoid displacement or to avail of emerging job opportunities. The policy also supports small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) who need some assistance to invest in and develop their workforce. While employers are primarily responsible for the skills development of their employees, and employees have responsibility for their own development, this policy will complement employer-based and State initiatives underway, through targeted support and investment by Government.

This policy draws on a vision of the workplace in Ireland where:

  • Upskilling during one’s working life is considered normal practice and has a direct correlation with enhanced job security, higher earnings and autonomy at work for employees
  • Indigenous and multinational firms systematically invest in the development of their staff and benefit through improved productivity and competitiveness of their employees and business
  • Provision in further education and training which supports employee development is flexible, high quality, accessible and relevant to the changing needs of employees, the economy and industry.

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