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  • FÁS - Press Releases - Expert Group
    be an excess supply of labour Shortages are primarily confined to niche skill areas and in most instances remain of low magnitude this year s bulletin highlights the persistence of skills shortages in the areas of ICT high tech manufacturing especially bio pharma and medical devices agri food sales marketing business finance and healthcare Multilingual skills are a key aspect of some of these shortages For example shortages of multilingual IT technicians finance accounts managers marketing associate professionals financial administrators and some supply chain related occupations exist Worth noting is the continuing emphasis by employers on the importance of work experience Recruiters are not only looking for appropriately qualified staff but also employability skills gained through work placements Demand Key Findings General labour market situation Some labour market indicators for 2012 point towards improvements in the Irish labour market decline in the unemployment rate and increase in employment however challenges continue to exist with a further contraction of the labour force and a lower participation rate as well as persistently high unemployment rates for certain segments of the labour market e g persons previously employed in skilled trades and elementary occupations younger age cohorts and persons with low education attainment Dynamics of the labour market transitions It is estimated that during 2012 there were over a million transitions between employment unemployment and economic inactivity as well as between and within occupations The analysis points to the flexibility of the Irish labour market but also to the difficulties facing lower skilled persons in securing sustainable employment Individuals effort to migrate from lower quality jobs is illustrated by some inter occupational movement upwards along the occupational scale as well as by a large share of transitions from lower skilled occupations e g sales assistants elementary occupations to education Frequent changes of employers were found across the skills scale amongst professionals the highest level of intra occupational movements were found in ICT particularly for programmers and software developers and in the public sector teachers and nurses Amongst other occupational groups the highest level of intra occupational transitions was amongst sales assistants waiters construction labourers clerks kitchen assistants chefs and child minders Supply Key Findings There were approximately 217 000 awards made to learners in Ireland in 2011 12 spanning all levels of the National Framework of Qualifications this represents an increase on the 211 000 recorded in 2010 2011 Almost 43 000 people received a major award in further education and training There were more than 59 000 awards made in the higher education and training sector they included Approximately 14 000 higher certificates ordinary degrees NFQ 6 7 More than 27 000 honours bachelor degrees NFQ 8 More than 16 000 postgraduate certificates diplomas and master degrees NFQ 9 More than 1 400 PhDs NFQ 10 The field of health and welfare had the largest number of awards with almost 27 000 spanning all levels of the NFQ Promising signs for computing at higher level with a 25 increase in the number

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  • FÁS - Press Releases - Medals for Excellence
    he is currently posted in Iraq as a Field Service Engineer for Irish Company Oil Field Solutions after spending the last year in Algeria Also among the recipients to receive this rare accolade was trainer Priyashantha Agalawattage who works at McDonald s Restaurant in Douglas Cork as a Training Manager responsible for a team of 105 Priyashantha has worked for McDonald s for over 15 years and was nominated for his exemplary work in championing learning since he took over the training programme last year in Douglas When Priyashantha is not working he spends his time with his wife and three year old son studying accountancy part time to get a degree and also fits in time to give free commerce lessons over skype to students in Sri Lanka who can t afford private lessons The recipients were proudly watched by their family and friends as they received their medals from Minister Cannon at the gala ceremony The Minister said Celebrations such as today s Awards Ceremony demonstrate that even in a difficult economic environment Ireland through organisations such as City Guilds is continuing to produce highly qualified highly educated and highly trained individuals A well educated and qualified workforce has always been and still remains one of Ireland s fundamental strengths As Minister for Training and Skills it is my responsibility to ensure that unemployed individuals are provided with appropriate advice support education and training to enable them to take advantage of the new job opportunities which will arise as the economy recovers It is fair to say that part of our economic recovery depends on the skills and creativity of our workforce and that City Guilds qualifications have an important role to play in this The City Guilds Medals for Excellence are aimed at inspiring people to believe

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  • FÁS - Press Releases - Service Plan for FÁS Training Provision 2013
    for FÁS Training Provision 2013 Service Plan for FÁS Training Provision 2013 Published on 11th March 2013 FÁS expects to train in the region of 80 000 individuals in 2013 of which 72 000 will be unemployed persons and almost all of the remainder will be apprentices The primary focus of FÁS training is on the preparation of individuals for working life More specifically the focus is on the development

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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