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National Skills Conference: The Skills Needs of the Irish Economy to 2020

he National Skills Conference, held on 26 October 2006, was organised by Forfás on behalf of the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs, with the support of the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment, the Department of Education and Science, FÁS and the Higher Education Authority. The theme of the Conference was meeting the skills needs of a competitive, knowledge-based, participative and inclusive Irish economy over the period to 2020.

The Reflections Paper provides a high level overview of some of the challenges and issues facing Ireland from a skills perspective which were considered at the National Skills Conference. Presentations from the conference can be downloaded below.

Reflections Paper

pdf iconReflections Paper (PDF, 5 pages, 61KB)


Economic Context for Skills Development Overview of Ireland’s Competitiveness
Don Thornhill, Chair, National Competitiveness Council
pdf iconPresentation - Dr Don Thornhill (PDF, 26 pages, 109KB) 
Ireland’s Future Skills Needs to 2020
Martin Shanahan
pdf iconPresentation - Martin Shanahan (PDF, 17 pages, 491KB) 
The Role of Education and Training in Building International Competitiveness
Mark Keese, Employment, Labour and Social Affairs, OECD
pdf iconPresentation - Mark Keese (PDF, 15 pages, 143KB) 
Skills Challenges Threatening U.S. Competitiveness in the Global Economy
Patricia M. Flynn, PhD. Trustee Professor of Economics & Management, Bentley College, Waltham, MA, USA
pdf iconPresentation - Patricia M. Flynn, PhD. (PDF, 24 pages, 122KB)