Entries for 2021

Reaction to Budget 2022

  By Gerard Walker, Future Jobs-Skills-Work Insights     The Department of Finance expects that the Covid-19 adjusted unemployment rate, which includes everyone on the Pandemic Unemployment Payment, will fall to 9.25% this year. This is down from the peak of 19% recorded at the height of the pandemic. The jobless rate is expected to fall to 6.5% by the end of 2022. ... Read More

Pathway to Work Strategy 2021-2025 

By Gerard Walker, Future Jobs Skills-Work-Insights   This new Government Pathways to Work Strategy is designed to drive employment recovery in Ireland. It comprises a key element of the Governments Recovery Plan, which aims to exceed pre-crisis employment levels by 2024. The Strategy is framed against the background of the impact of the Covid 19 pandemic, Brexit, and ongoing chang... Read More

Spotlight on Life Sector Talent in Ireland

By Gerard Walker, Future Jobs-Skills-Work Insights   The Life Science sector in Ireland comprises 500 Biopharmachem and Medical Devices companies with clusters of activity in Cork, Dublin, Galway, Limerick, Mayo, Waterford, and Athlone. The sector employs 50,000 people directly as well those working in sub-supply and services activities. It has remained operational throughout t... Read More

Upskilling and Reskilling in the Post-Covid Era

By Gerard Walker, Future Jobs-Skills-Work Insights          An EU conference on Upskilling and Reskilling in the Post-covid Era took place over June 29th and 30th, 2021. This online event of European and USA presenters focussed on the upskilling and reskilling challenges that countries currently face. The conference presented good practice cases, sc... Read More

National Training Awards 2021 winners

Woodie’s scoop top prize at 2021 National Training Awards   IITD CEO Sinead Heneghan with Woodie's Training and Communications Co-Ordinator Sean Henderson     Learning and Development Organisation of the Year Winner: Woodie’s Pearse Walsh Award, presented by Harvest Resources Winner: Vodafone Best Coaching or Mentoring Winner: Skillnet Irelan... Read More

Master's programme in the field of L&D

IITD is delighted to announce the commencement of scoping of a Master's qualification in the field of Learning & Development launching in September 2022.       The programme will focus on L&D as an agent for organisation transformation and L&D professionals as strategic influencers in business.   We are inviting expressions of interest from potent... Read More

Logistics and Supply Chain Skills Group First Annual Progress Report

By Gerard Walker Future Jobs-Skills-Work Insights   Excellence in Logistics and Supply Chain Skills capability is vital for Irish enterprise competitiveness and regional development. Along with the distribution of freight goods around the country, some 80% of Irish manufacturing output is exported by a combination of road, sea, air, and rail modes. The development of this talent is t... Read More

Government publishes Remote Working Strategy

By Gerard Walker, Future Jobs-Skill-Work-Insights         Following on for a call for public submissions in July 2020, the Government published a Making Remote Work - National Remote Working Policy. The IITD was pleased to make a submission on how the existing guidance on remote working could be built upon and additional areas addressed. The submis... Read More


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