Draft Press Release
Invest in future proofing workforce skills to drive employment growth and enterprise productivity and innovation
Irish Institute Training & Development response on the Budget 2019 Statement
Responding to the Budget Statement Sinead Heneghan, CEO IITD commented
“Budget 2019 sees an increase of the National Training Fund levy from 0.8% to 0.9% contribution from employers. It is essential that the additional and refocused expenditure of the Fund are spent on increased support for in-company training and programmes relevant to employers needs particularly SMEs, to address growing skill gaps in the Irish economy”.
Ms Heneghan stated that “Additional investment is necessary to future proof workforce skills and underpin enterprise productivity and innovation. Greater investment in the development of workforce skills will improve workers career prospects and employability”.
“The Irish Institute of Training & Development welcomes the planned reform of the National Training Fund through a greater say for employers in informing priorities, more transparency and stronger evaluation. This will ensure that Higher Education and Further Education and training provision is aligned to local and regional needs.
Greater collaboration between employers and Higher Education in the design and delivery of programmes, including structured work placement, will ensure that graduate skills are matched to future job opportunities. This partnership will result in shared insights and perspectives into the workforce of the future and be of benefit to both graduates and enterprises.
“Increasing our level of lifelong learning will help individuals from operatives to managers successfully adapt to skills challenges arising from market demands, digitisation and Brexit.
As a small open economy, Ireland needs the right skills capability to compete on world markets.”
CEO Irish Institute of Training & Development
Sycamore House Millennium Park
Naas Co Kildare
Tel: 087 638 5406