NEW SKILLS INITIATIVE AIMS TO FUEL CO MONAGHAN EMPLOYMENT GROWTH

13 March 2016 No Comments by The Northern Standard

PETER HUGHES

The provision of training courses at local level specifically geared to the future employment needs of Co Monaghan’s industry and business sectors is the focus of a new enterprise initiative that was launched on Monday.

The enhanced emphasis on forging direct links between employers and education and training providers in the county is seen as key to the realisation of a projected employment growth target of 1,690 new jobs by 2020, a figure estimated by Co Monaghan’s 50 largest companies as a consequence of future expansion.

A new report, Bridging The Skills Gap, was unveiled on Monday at an event in Monaghan’s Four Seasons Hotel marking the commencement of the county’s Enterprise Week.

The report was prepared at the behest of Monaghan Co Council as a means of measuring and analysing the current labour needs of businesses in the county. Local company Effista Limited audited 50 of the largest employers in the Monaghan agri-food, construction, industry and transport sectors.

One of the report’s key findings is that establishing direct links between third-level education institutions and businesses is vital to tailor training and courses to meet industry’s specific needs.

Initiatives already taken by the Cavan Monaghan Education and Training Board in concert with local employers to meet this goal were outlined to the report launch by the ETB’s Education…

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