Minister Launches Business Skills Audit Tool and Supports

The Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton has launched a new skills audit tool and extra supports to make it easier for employers to identify their skill needs. Enterprise Ireland will be the first to participate in the initiative, bringing 300 employers on board immediately.

“Skills for Growth” is a package of supports for employers to help them understand and plan for their skill needs. Each employer who participates in the programme will be given access to a new skills audit tool and one-on-one assistance from a Regional Skills Forum Manager to use the tool and plan for the future.

Announcing “Skills for Growth”, Minister Bruton said: “Ensuring we are planning for the future skill needs of our economy is so important to delivering on our ambitions as a nation. The “Skills for Growth” initiative is a fantastic development which will greatly enhance the ability of our Regional Skills Fora to identify and indeed respond to these skills needs. If we want to be the best in Europe, we must ensure that the partnerships and links between the education system and enterprise are strong and continuously improved. I’m delighted that Enterprise Ireland are our first partners and I thank all those involved in bringing this together.”

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Pictured above: Julie Sinnamon, CEO, Enterprise Ireland; Heather Humphreys TD, Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation; and Siobhan McAleer, Commercial Director, Irish Management Institute