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All-Island Skills Conference

The first All-Island Skills Conference organised by the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs and the Northern Ireland Skills Expert Group took place in Letterkenny and Derry in October 2008.

The Conference was jointly opened by the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Mary Coughlan TD and Employment and Learning Minister, Sir Reg Empey MLA. Sean Haughey TD, Minister for Lifelong Learning also participated.

Among the issues highlighted were the importance of creating a suitably skilled workforce tailored to the needs of employers, along with the many benefits of collaborating on an all-island basis to ensure that skills remain a key resource for a competitive and prosperous economy. The conference attracted presentations from leading national and international experts and provided a platform for the launch of an All-Island Skills Study developed jointly by the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs and the Northern Ireland Skills Expert Group and which provides a comprehensive analysis of the skills demand across the island.

Presentations from the conference can be downloaded below.

Presentations

North West Gateway Strategic Alliance
Paul Hannigan, President Letterkenny IT and Professor Bernie Hannigan, Pro-Vice -Chancellor for Strategic Projects University of Ulster
pdf iconPresentation - Paul Hannigan and Bernie Hannigan (PDF, 15 Pages, 136KB) 

All-Island Skills Study
Anne Heraty, Chair of the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs and Dr Bill McGinnis, Northern Ireland Advisor on Employment and Skills
pdf iconPresentation - Anne Heraty and Bill McGinnis (PDF, 8 pages, 252KB) 
The Importance of Skills: Some International Evidence
John Martin, Director for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs, OECD
pdf iconPresentation - John Martin (PDF, 13 pages, 292KB) 
North West Workforce Development Forum
John Spangler, Chairman of the North West Workforce Development Forum
pdf iconPresentation - John Spangler (PDF, 11 pages, 88KB) 
Eures Cross Border Partnership
Michael Carr, Co-ordinator of the EURES crossborder partnership for Northern Ireland
pdf iconPresentation - Michael Carr (PDF, 12 pages, 91KB)

Photos from the All-Island Skills Conference

Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Mary Coughlan TD, addresses the first All-Island Skills Conference.Forfás Chief Executive Martin Cronin with Employment and Learning Minister, Sir Reg Empey MLA (centre) and Martin Shanahan, Science, Technology and Human Capital Divisional Manager, Forfás.
Employment and Learning Minister, Sir Reg Empey MLA and Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Mary Coughlan, TD.Employment and Learning Minister, Sir Reg Empey MLA and Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Mary Coughlan, TD focussing on skills. 

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