Oifig an Rúnaí also provides strategic direction to the University’s involvement in the Regional Skills Forum West. This is led by West Regional Skills Forum Manager , Claire Hurley. The Regional Skills Forum West is one of nine fora nationally, that has been established by the Department of Education & Skills in support of the National Skills Strategy. The aim of the Forum is to meet the skills needs of employers through improved communication and collaboration with education, training and research providers, Government Departments and State Agencies.

What is the Regional Skills Forum

The West Regional Skills Forum is a collaborative forum comprised of representatives from education and training provider groups namely National University Ireland Galway (NUI Galway), Galway Mayo Institute of Technology(GMIT), Galway Roscommon Education & Training Board (GRETB) , Mayo Education & Training Board (MSLETB), Skillnets, and Intreo working in partnership with industry representative groups and state agencies IDA Ireland, Enterprise Ireland, IBEC, Western Development Commission, Údarás na Gaeltachta, Fáilte Ireland, Local Enterprise Offices, Construction Industry Federation, Teagasc, Chambers of Commerce, American Chamber. The Forum is industry led with chair, Mark Gantly Senior Director R & D Hewlett Packard Cloud Services, and has industry representation across 11 industry sectors as follows: Food & Natural Resources, Hospitality & Tourism, Pharma, Medtech, ICT, Construction, Retail, SME, Creative Industries, Retail, Engineering and Electronic Manufacturing.

Purpose of the Regional Skills Forum

The aim of the regional skills forum is to enhance communication and engagement between education and enterprise in the identification, development and delivery of skills required for the region. Increased regional communication and engagement will ensure the availability of relevant skills to meet the needs of business to support job creation and sustainability of business.

Objectives of the Regional Skills Forum

  • Establish a working regional forum of representatives from Education & Training Providers, State Agencies, and Industry to focus on skills provision for the region.
  • Communicate and inform enterprise of services available to meet their skills needs.
  • Gather data from industry on skills gaps.
  • Establish a process between industry, industry agencies and education & training providers to respond to skills gaps.

The West Regional Skills Forum is committed to building on, and leveraging from, existing business networks to ensure there is sustainable informed two way dialogue between education & training providers and enterprises at a regional level. This regional collaboration and information sharing in the provision of skills to the market will enhance the quality and quantity of the available skills, providing Enterprise with an opportunity to influence curriculum development and ensuring a timely supply of trainees and graduates with the required skills.

For more information visit http://www.regionalskills.ie/Regions/West/Our-Region/