Our Focus & Approach
Our focus is on identifying skills needs - existing & projected - across the region and putting in place collaborative action plans between industry/education that build solutions to these so local talent supply is as well aligned to local industry need as possible.
Led by industry champions, we:
- bring groups of sector specific employers from leading MNCs & SMEs around one table with their industry peers to collectively agree skills priorities & accompanying action plans for their sector in the South-West
- bring the relevant School/Department Heads and Training Centre Managersfrom UCC, CIT, IT Tralee, Cork & Kerry ETBs and Skillnets around the same table with industry to support the building of best in class education & training solutions aligned to industry priorities
- are led by industry demand, developing solutions across all occupational levels from operator to skilled trades, technicians, graduates and executive level at both pipelining and upskilling levels.
In 2017, we have successfully established two industry-led sectoral groups comprised of 60+ leading MNCs & high growth SMEs in the manufacturing & engineering and pharma & biopharma sectors, who at their inaugural round-table events collaboratively agreed key skills priorities for their sectors in the South-West and are currently working with education & training, through the Forum, to drive out response to these actions.
Building on the success of our work to date, we are now establishing industry-led sectoral groups for the tourism/hospitality and construction sectors and are planning to expand our work into further industry sectors over 2018.
To learn more about our work with industry sectors in the south-west, please visit:
If your company is interested learning more about our skills development work in any of the above industry sectors or in inputting into further skills development work across any new industry sectors, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.