IITD Policy Release, 11th September 2018

IITD Policy Release, 11th September 2018


IITD welcomes launch of “Supporting Working Lives and Enterprise Growth in Ireland”

The new Further Education and Training Employee Development Policy Framework entitled “Supporting Working Lives and Enterprise Growth in Ireland “ was launched by the Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, TD, today Tuesday 11th September 2018. 

Following the launch, Ms Sinead Heneghan, CEO Irish Institute of Training & Development (IITD) stated that “the IITD welcomes the launch of this Further Education and Training Policy Framework aimed at the skills development of people in employment, particularly those at lower skill levels and within small and medium sized enterprises. Its implementation will benefit both the employee and the enterprise. The IITD fully supports the policy vision underpinning the Framework where: 

  • Upskilling and reskilling during an employee’s working life is considered normal practice;
  • Indigenous and multinational firms systematically invest in the development of their staff and benefit through improved productivity and competitiveness of their employees and business; and
  • Where provision in further education and training supports employee development is flexible, high quality, accessible and relevant to the changing needs of employees, the economy and industry”.

To achieve the goals of this new Policy Framework there is a need for the 16 Education and Training Boards (ETBs) around the country to be flexible in adapting their course provision to match the future skills needs of the jobs market and by delivering more bespoke training to employers. It is essential for ETBs to engage with employers in the design and delivery of relevant skills provision. This will help ensure that the right workforce skills are provided. There is also a need for adequate investment in the upskilling of FET teaching staff and the upgrading of training facilities. This investment has lagged behind in the past”. 

“Greater and more effective investment in the development of workforce skills will improve workers' productivity and labour market outcomes”


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Sinead Heneghan,

CEO Irish Institute of Training & Development

Sycamore House Millennium Park

Naas Co Kildare Tel: 087 638 5406                                                                                                                                                         

The Further Education and Training Policy Framework for Skills Development of People in Employment 2018 -2021 was developed by SOLAS in consultation with education and enterprise stakeholders including the Irish Institute of Training and Development. This new policy is particularly targeted at those who have lower skills levels and who need more opportunities to advance in their careers and/or to sustain their employment. It also supports small and medium sized enterprises who need 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. 


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