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  • FÁS - Press Releases - Vacancy Overview 2012
    Chairperson Expert Group on Future Skills Needs said This data is telling us clearly that the demand is for those with third level qualifications and experience and also for those with foreign language skills While currently we are not seeing a significant expansion in jobs there is some evidence from the analysis of job announcements that there will be future expansion demand particularly in the areas of ICT and sales marketing and customer services Graduates from the 2011 2012 Springboard courses in these areas and from ICT conversion programmes will be available in the labour market during 2013 I would like to encourage people to continue to avail of the opportunities that upskilling and conversion programmes provide I would also call students and their parents to be guided by those areas of current and future job opportunities when making career choices concluded Halligan Key Findings ICT and sales related vacancies continue to occur most frequently Third level qualifications and experience were a prerequisite for many ICT positions while foreign language skills primarily in German but also French Italian Spanish and Dutch were a requirement for numerous sales and customer service jobs Third level qualifications were a requirement for many vacancies across all occupational groups where this was not a prerequisite experience was seen as key particularly in the case of managerial and skilled tradespersons vacancies The report also highlights vacancies in occupations that are proving difficult to fill with suitably qualified and or experienced staff which include certain professionals in ICT engineering science business and healthcare Most of the vacancies arising were due to turnover and or replacement rather than expansion demand except for managers professionals and associate professionals This was particularly the case for the lower skilled occupations Some evidence of future expansion demand is evident through an analysis

    Original URL path: http://fas.ie/en/About+Us/News/26th+February+2013.htm (2015-10-29)
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  • FÁS - Press Releases - Minister Cannon launches first EGFSN Bulletin
    useful in the development of regional clusters of higher education institutions as provided for in the higher education strategy Una Halligan Chairperson of the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs said On behalf of the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs I am very pleased to introduce the Regional Labour Markets Bulletin 2012 prepared by the Skills and Labour Market Research Unit in FÁS Over the last number of years there has been an increasing emphasis on the value of evidence based decisions relating to skills supply and demand in the labour market This report was compiled in recognition of the fact there has been a demand for more regional market data to assist in the planning for education and training provision to support more targeted demand and supply matching Data examined in the report includes Labour market indicators e g labour force employment composition by occupation sector etc A profile of key businesses and industries potential job opportunities advertised job vacancies recent job announcements Current skills supply job seeker data and potential skills supply current enrolments in further and higher education and training Key findings from the report include In quarter 1 2012 in each region the wholesale and retail sector accounted for approximately 15 of regional employment Dublin has a high proportion of the ICT professional and financial services sector In all regions approximately 90 of enterprises are micro enterprises employing fewer than 10 persons Almost one in five persons working in manufacturing in 2012 was employed in the South West region In quarter 1 2012 the share of white collar workers in regional employment was highest in Dublin 60 and lowest in the Border Midland and South East less than 45 The distribution of Public Employment Service vacancies vacancies advertised through FÁS and the Department of Social Protection in 2012 did not vary significantly across regions with most vacancies advertised for associate professionals mostly sales labourers and service workers Between quarter 1 2008 and quarter 1 2012 employment declined in each region In absolute terms the greatest decline was in construction decline was greater than the gain during the preceding four years quarter 1 2004 to quarter 1 2008 Between quarter 1 2011 and quarter 1 2012 employment continued to decline albeit at a lower rate than previously observed in Dublin the Border Mid West and South East It remained relatively stable in the Midlands South West and West while it increased in the Mid East and South West In each region Live Register levels have stabilised at high levels since mid 2010 The age and gender distributions of persons on the Live Register do not vary significantly across regions less than 20 are aged under 25 and over 60 are male In quarter 1 2012 unemployed persons previously employed in the construction sector accounted for the highest share of unemployment in each region In quarter 1 2012 the share of skilled tradespersons amongst the unemployed was highest in the South East and South West 27 and

    Original URL path: http://fas.ie/en/About+Us/News/14th+January+2013.htm (2015-10-29)
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  • FÁS - Press Releases - momentumskills
    employment 36 education and training providers from both the private and public sector will be offering 62 individual MOMENTUM programmes in 87 locations across the country These projects will be in the expanding employment areas of ICT digital media healthcare and social services the green economy food processing and sales and marketing Specific projects will also be available for those under 25 to assist them to enter or return to employment including Train To Work Opportunities Green Pathways and a Graduate Activation Programme MOMENTUM is an outcomes based model of education and training that sees best international practice adapted to an Irish context The courses are tailored to both the needs of the long term job seeker but also employers who are experiencing skills shortages Courses are free full and part time and are aligned to levels 3 to 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications NFQ or to an industry required certification within the sector The projects range in duration from 11 weeks 45 weeks An Tánaiste said The Government s priority is to get our people back to work We are spending more than 20 million in order to assist thousands of long term jobseekers in getting new skills and returning to employment in areas where there are currently opportunities Announcing the 6 500 places today Minister Quinn said We all know that budgets are tight in households and in the Government Departments But we are committed to ensuring that our limited resources are targeted and allow unemployed people to access high quality and relevant education and training The MOMENTUM model which sees skills provision married with on the job experience is a significant innovation in how we spend public money on further education and training Minister Cannon said Momentum is part of the major reform of the

    Original URL path: http://fas.ie/en/About+Us/News/momentumskills.htm (2015-10-29)
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  • FÁS - Press Releases - FAS Achievements 2011
    of Information Publications Resources Safe Pass Social Inclusion Equal Opportunities Search Home Accessibility A Z Forms Home Apprenticeship Training About Us Contact Us Corporate Structure Publications Resources News Contact Communications Unit About Us home About Us News FAS Achievements 2011 FÁS Achievements 2011 Published on 31st July 2012 A synopsis of the 2011 bilingual Annual Report and key FÁS achievements during 2011 is available to download in Irish and English

    Original URL path: http://fas.ie/en/About+Us/News/31st+July+2012.htm (2015-10-29)
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  • FÁS - Press Releases - Labour Market Education & Training Fund
    About Us News Labour Market Education Training Fund Labour Market Education Training Fund LMETF Extension of proposal deadline and up to date pre qualified contractors list Published on 30th July 2012 In May 2012 FÁS called for expressions of interest from Education and Training Providers to apply for inclusion on a pre qualified LMETF panel Pre qualified panel members have now been invited to bring forward proposals for the provision of innovative programmes in support of long term unemployed learners If approved these programmes will be allocated LMETF funding The closing date for receipt of proposals from pre qualified contractors has now been extended to 12 00 noon on Friday 7th September 2012 Other interested parties may wish to contribute to proposals or alternatively to partner or collaborate with contractors who are pre qualified These parties should contact the pre qualified contractors directly To facilitate this an updated list as of 30th August 2012 of pre qualified providers who are willing to consider joint partnership proposals is available to download here This list will be further updated as necessary The Labour Market Education Training Fund LMETF is part of the Government s 2012 Action Plan for Jobs initiative The Department

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  • FÁS - Press Releases - Expert Group provides a view of Ireland’s Skills supply and demand
    I would very much encourage those making career choices to focus on the areas of greatest job opportunities and to focus their education and training on specific skills needs in those areas The statistics published today show that there are more students participating in ERASMUS courses overseas which is to be welcomed but we need to ensure that more continue to do so and especially that they study through foreign languages said Halligan Key Findings Demand Over the period 2010 to 2011 the labour force and number of persons in employment contracted although at a slower rate than a year ago unemployment increased and long term unemployment persisted at an elevated level Being male non Irish national younger than 25 holding lower secondary and below as the highest level of education attained and having worked in construction in elementary or skilled trade occupations continued to be characteristics associated with a relatively higher risk of unemployment Job vacancies were most frequent for sales and related occupations including marketing especially digital marketing and customer services roles Vacancies also arose for IT professionals science and engineering professionals business professionals administrative occupations IT associate professionals and personal care occupations Demand for specialised skills sets was identified although well below the levels recorded at the peak of economic activity in 2007 The level of excess demand is unlikely to be greater than several hundred in terms of headcount for the overall economy except for IT skills where the demand is greater especially for experienced personnel who are in demand and short supply globally While employers continued to source skills from outside the EEA in 2011 the trend is towards a reduction in the overall number in relation to the previous year ICT skills continued to account for the largest share of skills sourced abroad Key Findings Supply An increasing number of people are gaining awards across almost all levels of the National Framework of Qualifications in 2011 there were in excess of 210 000 awards made a 5 increase on the previous year Almost 38 000 people received a major award in further education and training There were more than 58 000 awards made in the higher education and training sector they included More than 13 000 higher certificates ordinary degrees NFQ 6 7 Almost 27 000 honours bachelor degrees NFQ 8 Almost 17 000 postgraduate certificates diplomas and master degrees NFQ 9 More than 1 200 PhDs NFQ 10 The field of social science business and law had the largest number of awards with almost 25 000 spanning all levels of the NFQ Promising signs for computing at higher level with a 27 increase in the number of graduates at level 8 and a 37 increase at level 9 since 2009 Although the overall number of young adults aged 25 34 in the country declined between quarter 4 2009 and quarter 4 2011 the number of young third level graduates NFQ 8 and above in Ireland actually increased While young level 8 10 graduates

    Original URL path: http://fas.ie/en/About+Us/News/25th+July+2012.htm (2015-10-29)
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  • FÁS - Press Releases - Labour Market Education and Training Fund
    of pre qualified contractors Published on 17th July 2012 The Labour Market Education Training Fund LMETF is part of the Government s 2012 Action Plan for Jobs initiative The Department of Education Skills has committed 20m to fund a range of education and training interventions for up to 6 500 individuals who are long term unemployed Further information on the LMETF is available here In May 2012 FÁS called for expressions of interest from Education and Training Providers to apply for inclusion on a pre qualified LMETF panel Pre qualified panel members have now been invited to bring forward proposals for the provision of innovative programmes in support of long term unemployed learners If approved these programmes will be allocated LMETF funding Other interested parties may wish to contribute to proposals or alternatively to partner or collaborate with contractors who are pre qualified These parties should contact the pre qualified contractors directly To facilitate this a list of pre qualified providers who are willing to consider joint partnership proposals is available to download here This list will be updated as necessary The closing date for receipt of proposals from pre qualified contractors is 12 00 noon on Friday 24th August

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  • FÁS - Press Releases - Galway Employment and Advice Fair
    companies attending have almost 300 jobs on offer and include HP SAP Valeo Vision Systems Avaya International Mylan Fidelity Investments CPS Home Instead Senior Care and My Home Care There will also be a CV clinic as well as agencies offering advice in a variety of areas such as business start up taxation training and education Jobs are available across a variety of areas such as IT Cloud Support Software Hardware Engineers Project Management Technical Management Software Architect Electrical Electronic Engineers Systems Analysts Information Security Specialists Pharmaceutical Regulatory Affairs Specialists Senior Formulation Scientists Nurses Healthcare Assistants Healthcare Professionals Domestic Staff Conferences Banqueting Co ordinator Hotel Receptionist Food Beverage Assistant There will be a number of companies and agencies from other countries at the Employment and Advice Fair including Austria Norway Germany Bulgaria Belgium The Netherlands Czech Republic France Finland Latvia Lithuania Poland Slovenia Sweden and Switzerland to advise those who are interested in employment and career development options in construction IT health care and other areas in these countries Most recently more than 30 Irish plumbers found full time work in Norway and a further 35 qualified plumbers who wish to get experience of working abroad are being recruited to fill the deficit in this area of the Norwegian labour market Minister Burton urged jobseekers to attend the Employment and Advice Fair saying Jobseekers should take advantage of this opportunity to meet employers and avail of the services on offer at the Employment and Advice Fair We need to ensure that employers have access to good candidates to fill their vacancies and events such as this one is a very positive step in that direction ENDS Minister Burton will be available at the Employment and Advice Fair to speak with media from 4 45pm on Friday 29th June The Fair

    Original URL path: http://fas.ie/en/About+Us/News/27th+June+2012.htm (2015-10-29)
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