Over 100 attendees gathered in Enterprise Ireland today for an event organised by Dublin Regional Skills Forum (DRSF) in collaboration with Enterprise Ireland to bring together SME businesses and education providers (FE & HE) in supporting skills needs.
The event MC was Siobhan O’Shea (Director CPL) – Chair Dublin Regional Skills Forum.
Today’s event offered an opportunity for SME businesses to gain insights from other SME organizations who have engaged with educational providers to address skills needs and skills development.
Some of the challenges facing SMEs in engaging with training and education include cost, access to the relevant resources and the right connections. This event from DRSF partners offered the opportunity to address such challenges and to develop strategic connections within the Dublin region.
Engagement by employers and particularly the SME sector with educational providers to offer work placements for students is also a key focus. Enterprise Ireland say not only do work placements offer companies access to talented individuals, bringing innovative and entrepreneurial ideas but they also offer a pipeline of future talent.
As expansion demand arises from continued growth in economic activity, Enterprise Ireland say an adequate supply of skills is needed to be available to support it. It is estimated that, in the Dublin region, growth will result in an additional 15,000 persons in employment annually.
The Dublin region accounts for over 30% of the total employment in Ireland and SME’s account for 69% of all active businesses in Ireland.
Speaking today, Regional Director, Dublin Region and Regional Development at Enterprise Ireland, Eoghan Hanrahan said, "Enterprise Ireland is delighted to collaborate with the Dublin Regional Skills Forum (DRSF) on this key event, supporting SME’s engagement with the Education and Training providers in the Dublin Region."
He added, "Skills are a critical issue for EI client companies. We are delighted to partner with the Department of Education & Skills on this event and also our Spotlight on Skills Programme, as part of the Skills for Growth Initiative, working with the Regional Skills Managers to focus on addressing company critical skill needs in the regions."