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Ireland's participation in lifelong learning has fallen

First meeting of National Skills Council took place on 15th May

Lifelong Learning Report shows that Ireland’s participation in lifelong learning has fallen again.

Of the almost 2.5 million adults aged 25-64 years in Ireland at the end of 2016, there were 167,100 lifelong learning participants.  Lifelong learning participation in Ireland declined slightly between end of 2012 and end of 2016 going from 8% to almost 7%.  Overall Ireland ranked 20th out of 28 countries

  • Ireland’s lifelong learning rates lags behind the EU average (6.5% compared to 10.7%)
  • In Ireland, lifelong learning increases with education level but declines with age

One of the key targets set out by the Action Plan for Education (September 2016) is an ambition to increase Ireland’s lifelong learning participation rate to 10% by 2020 and 15% by 2025.  The EU target is 15% by 2020.

Ireland performs comparatively well when participation in formal learning activities is considered, ranking 9th overall.

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First meeting of National Skills Council took place on 15th May.

Following the launch of the National Skills Council on the 27th April by the Minister for Education and Skills, Mr. Richard Bruton T.D., and the Minister of State for Training and Skills, Mr. John Halligan T.D., its first meeting took place on the 15th May, 2017.

The Minister for Education and Skills chairs the National Skills Council, the members of which have been drawn from senior levels in the public and private sector.  It is a non-statutory body under the remit of the Department of Education and Skills.

The Council will:

- Oversee research;

- Advise on prioritisation of identified skills needs and on how to secure delivery of identified needs;

- Have a key role in promoting and reporting on the delivery of responses by education and training providers to those priorities.

The Expert Group on Future Skills Needs (EGFSN) welcomes the establishment of the new National Skills Council (NSC). This is the final step in the establishment of a new national skills architecture following the restructuring of the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs (EGFSN) in April.

The new skills infrastructure will ensure that the key elements of the EGFSN model of analysis and horizon scanning with close engagement with enterprise will be maintained and further strengthened.

The CareersPortal Team


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