About the North East Skills Forum

WHO is the North East Regional Skills Forum (NERSF)?

The Manager of the NERSF is Maire Gallen and the Chair is Justin Lawless from Intact software. The NERSF is a collaborative partnership between 24 organisations in the North East, which include:-


Education & Training Providers

Enterprise Agencies & Representative Bodies

Local Authorities & Government Bodies

Local Development Organisations

WHAT  does the forum aim to achieve?

  • Develop a collective understanding of the labour market and the enterprise profile of the region.
  • Develop a collective understanding of education and training programmes and services available in the region.
  • Facilitate ongoing employer-educator dialogue to match identified skills needs with sustainable skills development provision in the region.
  • Increase the supply of skills to the labour market in the North East.

WHERE  is the NERSF located?

The NERSF covers counties Monaghan, Cavan and Louth in the North East of Ireland.

WHEN  was the forum set up?

The NERSF started in 2015 and skills development and enhancement initiatives will be rolled out in the North East region over the coming years.

WHY  develop a regional skills forum in the North East?

In line with the objectives outlined in the National Skills Strategy and the Action Plan for Jobs for the North East/North West, the NERSF will facilitate ongoing collaboration between employers and education and training providers in the region, with the view to providing targeted skills development opportunities that are relevant to the needs of learners, society and the economy. This will have a knock on effect of increasing the supply of skills to the labour market in the North East, thereby addressing the current skills shortages that exist and supporting job creation and the growth and development of the region.