Welcome to the first 2020 edition of the EGFSN e-bulletin. A new year is a good time to promote a new website. www.egfsn.ie was quietly launched in late 2019. With ease of access to reports published over a 20-year time-frame, the website should prove a valuable source of data on skills forecasting and labour market policy for our readers into 2020.
The EGFSN has a packed work programme for 2020. E-bulletin subscribers can look forward to reading the recommendations contained in the Construction analysis that will be completed later in 2020- the first strand of which can be found here. This study represents an assessment of construction strategies and their associated skills recommendations over the past decade.
Readers can learn about how design thinking is important in corporate planning for enterprises who are serious about embracing innovation and technology to increase productivity. Skills for the Low Carbon economy and skills required in the International Financial Services sector in Ireland will also be explored by the EGFSN in 2020. SME management skills are another area of focus for the Expert Group. You will find all this and some insight into the work of our colleagues in other skills
policy areas across Government in our regular e-bulletins. To read more about the work of the EGFSN, please visit our website www.egfsn.ie.
TUD wants your views! The results of this survey will feed into our upcoming report on SME Management Skills. Email SMESurve[email protected] by 15th January 2020 to get involved.
The Expert Group on Future
Skills Needs based in the Department of Business, Enterprise & Innovation, with the support of the European Commission, is carrying out a study of management skills & practices in SMEs in Ireland.
An expert team at TU Dublin are leading on this project and will manage the survey process.
Remote Work in Ireland explores the prevalence and types of remote working arrangements within the Irish workforce, the attitudes towards such arrangements, and the factors which influence employers and employees to engage in remote work.
The Remote Work in Ireland report published in December 2019 includes a review of international flexible working practices and other relevant international policies.
This research demonstrates that remote work is a flexible working solution growing in popularity, with many positive potential impacts for employers and employees alike. It has the potential to improve productivity, attract and retain talent, increase participation in the labour force and assist in the transition to a low carbon economy.
The report identifies a number of key areas to be addressed. Guidance for employers; evidential data on remote working policies and trends nationwide; and collaboration with key stakeholders to understand remote working are all areas of focus.
2020 sees the continuation and implementation of research work from previous years. In 2019, the EGFSN commenced a new design skills study, Together for Design. The objective of this report was to build on the foundations provided by the EGFSN's 2017 Winning by Design report to understand the enterprise demand for digital, product and strategic design skills to measure the provision of educational courses.
Many of the recommendations in the study into skills required for trading internationally and in the logistics and supply chain sector post Brexit will be implemented in spite of Brexit. The Logistics and Supply Chain Skills Group has been established and the cross government work into language capability continues through the Languages Connect Strategy, Ireland's Strategy for Foreign Languages in Education 2017 - 2026.
The EGFSN's research into the
high-level ICT skills needs completed last year informed the ambitions in the Government's third ICT Skills Action Plan, Technology Skills 2022, which is currently being implemented and its progress is being guided by a High Level Steering Group composed of the chief ICT Skills stakeholders in the Irish economy.
The North West Regional Skills Forum (NWRSF) serves the counties of Donegal, Sligo and Leitrim. The aim of the regional skills forum is to support and facilitate communication and engagement between education and enterprise in the identification, development and delivery of skills required for the
region. Increased communication and engagement will ensure the skills needs of business are met to support job creation, sustainability of business and the availability of talented human resources. Hilary McPartland is the North West Regional Skills Forum Manager and the Forum Chair is Mark Butler, HR Manager in Lotusworks, Sligo.
Skills for the Freight, Transport, Distribution and Logistics sector.
Logistics is the delivery of goods (e.g. products including raw materials, information, energy) from the point of origin to the consumer, and all the stages in between. The consumer can be a retail customer, a large corporation or any type of organisation. Skills Demand Forecasts for Logistics and Supply Chain occupations (2018) across a number of Brexit-related scenarios estimated that there will be a requirement for between 28,000-31,000 new entrants to Logistics and Supply Chain “core” roles between 2016 and 2025.
The Logistics Associate Apprenticeship involves acquiring the knowledge, skills and competencies to carry out the core tasks/responsibilities within the warehousing, freight forwarding, transport and logistics sector.
The emergence of more complex and technical global supply chains is leading to increased requirements for higher-end, knowledge intensive skills in the Logistics and Supply Chain sector. However, there are a number of challenges for logistics and supply chain sector recruitment, including the perceived image of the industry, an ageing workforce and career progression for existing workers. Promoting the attractiveness of and retention within FTDL roles will be a primary goal of the Logistics and Supply Chain Skills Group. Skills Demand Forecasts for Logistics and Supply Chain occupations (2018) across a number of Brexit-related scenarios
estimated that there will be a requirement for between 28,000-31,000 new entrants to Logistics and Supply Chain “core” roles between 2016 and 2025.
The Logistics and Supply Chain Skills Group has been established to support the promotion of careers, skills development and sustainable employment in the Logistics and Supply Chain sectors in Ireland.
The six key objectives of the group are to:
1. Provide a forum for ongoing communication, collaboration and leadership by the Logistics and Supply Chain sectors in addressing the skills needs of the sector in Ireland.
2. Monitor labour market developments in
the Logistics and Supply Chain sectors, and provide insights into their emerging skills needs.
3. Improve the profile of Logistics/Supply Chain roles, making it easier to recruit talent including by improving knowledge among secondary students of the range of interesting roles across all sectors.
4. Make progression pathways available to those entering or already working in the roles, particularly for those at lower skilled levels, with clear role definitions mapped to academic or other vocational awards.
5. Ensure development opportunities are available to provide the required skills, knowledge and competencies.
As the economy continues to grow and tends towards full employment with unemployment rate for December 2019 at 4.8%. the demand for skills in key sectors will continue to increase. Apprenticeships play a key role in addressing this challenge and for preparing individuals for careers in specific sectors.
Apprenticeship is an exciting and proven way for employers to develop talent for their company and industry. Apprenticeships are designed by industry-led groups, supporting growth and competitiveness.
Apprentices earn while they learn and build valuable work-ready skills in a chosen occupation. Apprenticeships open up exciting and rewarding careers, with learning grounded in the practical experience of undertaking a real