Minister English urges national and local business to contribute to Skills Strategy


Damien English TD, Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation is inviting businesses to submit their views on the development of the National Skills Strategy to 2025.

“Keeping the recovery going means having a plan to create more jobs and keep the economy strong.  So we’re putting in place the right structures and supports to make sure that Irish people have the skills to fill these jobs and that existing workers have the skills to progress their careers. This will be done through the new National Skills Strategy.

“The Strategy will aim to ensure that Ireland’s current and future workforce needs are met through increased participation, educational attainment, skills development and use to achieve greater productivity and support economic and social growth.  

“We are determined to make sure that Ireland has the right people with the right skills to fill the 220,000 jobs that will be created between now and 2020. To do that we need business to tell us the skills they need and how we can improve skills training in Ireland.

“We are in the process of doubling the number of apprenticeship schemes in Ireland. We are able to do this because industry was willing to get involved and work to identify where the gaps were.

“I want to see the same approach with the skills strategy where industry takes ownership and contributes to the strategy.

“Unemployment is the main source of inequality and unfairness. More jobs mean less tax for people working and more revenue to provide better services.”

Making a submission:

· Please send  your views by Tuesday, 1st December 2015: Via the online form, which will be available on 
· by email to or
· by post to Higher Education Policy and Skills Unit, Department of Education and Skills, Marlborough Street, Dublin 1, D01 RC96
· See more at:


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