With an estimated 15,000 new jobs being created in the Dublin region annually, SME employers will need to double down on skill levels.

That was the viewpoint that emerged from an event organised by the Dublin Regional Skills Forum (DRSF) in collaboration with Dublin City Council as part of Start-Up Week Dublin.

Some of the challenges facing SMEs in engaging with training and education include cost, access to the relevant resources and the right connections.

“By bringing together key stakeholders, businesses and educational providers, we can help each other develop new skills and engage in new meaningful business relationships”

A key takeaway was the importance of embedding a culture of life-long learning as a priority for SMEs.

Future skills

“As Dublin continues to be a hub for employment and enterprise creation, skills development among entrepreneurs, SMEs and microenterprises is vital to both maintaining and enhancing the competitiveness of the city and region,” said Mary Mac Sweeney, deputy head of Enterprise and Economic Development at Dublin City Council.

Engagement by employers and particularly the SME sector with educational providers to offer work placements for students is also a key focus. Not only do work placements offer companies access to talented individuals, bringing innovative and entrepreneurial ideas but they also offer a pipeline of future talent.

As expansion demand arises from continued growth in economic activity, an adequate supply of skills is needed to be available to support it. It is estimated that, in the Dublin region, growth will result in an additional 15,000 persons in employment annually.

“By bringing together key stakeholders, businesses and educational providers, we can help each other develop new skills and engage in new meaningful business relationships,” said Siobhan O’Shea, chair of Dublin Regional Skills.

Main image, above (left to right): Colin Keogh Co-Founder StartupWeek Dublin, Natasha Kinsella Dublin Regional Skills Manager, Siobhan O’Shea Chair Dublin Regional Skills (CPL Director) and Norman Thompson Economic Development Researcher, Dublin City Council

Written by John Kennedy (john.kennedy3@boi.com)

Published: 23 October, 2019

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