Passing of former IITD President Dolores Carr-Wicks

Dolores Carr-Wicks, Past President IITD and IFTDO from Letterkenny, Co.Donegal It is with great sadness that one of the great characters of IITD passed away on Friday, June 19th.   Dolores was a great personality and was forever omni present for a period of 10 years in the 1990s and early part of the present century.   She was the Marketing and Training Manager of UNIFI in... Read More

Design Talent Report Published

    By Gerard Walker, Future Jobs-Skills-Work Insights The Expert Group on Future Skills Needs has published a new report entitled Together for Design: Digital, Product and Strategic Design Skills of the Future.   This report examines the future demand for design skills over the years 2020 to 2025 and can be accessed HERE.  It features a review of the design... Read More

Ibec’s vision of a Rebooted and Reimagined Ireland

By Gerard Walker Future Jobs-Skills-Work Insights    Several thematic policy areas and associated actions are proposed within Ibec's 'Reboot & Reimagine' publication which was launched this week, includes a dedicated section highlighting the importance of education and skills policy.   Focusing on “getting people back to work”, the Ibe... Read More

Planning for the Recovery - Supporting People back to Work

By Gerard Walker, Future Jobs-Skills-Work Insights     As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, 32% of the labour force are currently in receipt of state support payments including 530,000 on COVID-19 pandemic support, 210,000 on the normal unemployed benefit, and 27,000 on COVID-19 illness benefit. Some 42,000 workers are being subsidised under the Temporary Covid-19 Subsidy Schem... Read More

10-steps to attract, engage and retain returner talent

A new report entitled "Boosting Medtech, Manufacturing Engineering and Finance talent to drive Jobs Growth in the West Region, Ireland" was published recently. The research was led by Gerard Walker, Future Jobs-Skills-Work Insights and Ananda Geluk, Career Counsellor/Researcher. This Galway Executive Skillnet report was carried out under Skillnet Ireland Future Skills Programme.  ... Read More

Action Plan for Women in Business launched by Enterprise Ireland

  By Gerard Walker Future Jobs-Skills-Work Insights     Greater gender balance at a senior level in Irish companies and entrepreneurship is the focal point of an Enterprise Ireland initiative.   They recently launched the 2020 Action Plan for Women in Business. The background to the Action Plan is the significantly lower proportion of women CEOs in larger Irish companies... Read More

Remote Work In Ireland Government report

The Government's research paper on Remote Work in Ireland is a deliverable of Future Jobs Ireland 2019, which places a focus on fostering participation in the labour force through flexible working solutions. Such solutions are increasingly a priority from a range of perspectives, from sustainability and positive environmental impacts, to increasing participation amongst women, older peo... Read More

National Skills Bulletin 2019

The National Skills Bulletin 2019 is the fifteenth in an annual series of reports produced by the Skills and Labour Market Research Unit (SLMRU) in SOLAS and the third to be produced on behalf of the National Skills Council (NSC). It presents an overview of the Irish labour market at occupational level.   The Bulletin aims to assist policy formulation in the areas of employment, education/t... Read More


    By Gerard Walker Future Jobs-Skills-Work Insights  The Government’s 2020 Budget Statement highlights that the defining challenge of our generation is to ensure that the economy can grow while reducing our carbon emissions impact. Transitioning to a low carbon economy is a main pillar of the Governments Future Jobs Programme. The global transition to energy sustainab... Read More

HSA study emphasises importance of re-skilling workers

 (left to right) Sharon McGuinness (CEO, Health and Safety Authority), Bertrand Maître (ESRI), Pat Breen (TD, Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection), Ivan Privalko (ESRI), Alan Barrett (Director of the ESRI), and Helen Russell (ESRI) at the launch of “The ageing workforce in Ireland” on 1 October 2019.    ... Read More
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