Midlands Skills Forum


  • Provide a cohesive structure for employers and the further and higher education system to work together in building the skills needs of the region
  • Help employers better understand and access the full range of services available across the education and training system
  • Enhance links between education and training providers in planning and delivering programmes, reduce duplication and inform national funding decisions
  • Facilitate the involvement of enterprise stakeholders in a collaborative framework with education and training partners in the identification, development and delivery of skills development responses
  • Actively promote the activities and achievements of the Regional Skills Forum

Education and Training Providers

The Midlands offers high quality education for learners of all ages, with opportunities ranging from pre-school to Third Level and Lifelong Learning opportunities. There are more than 250 primary schools, 2 Education and Training Boards and 65 secondary schools in the four counties of the region. Recent years have seen considerable investment in the educational infrastructure, and facilities throughout the region are at a high standard.

Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) is situated in the heart of the region and plays a central role in the Midlands and Ireland’s economic development through its education, research and innovation programmes. This award-winning, cutting-edge institution also has three strategic research institutes in Materials (MRI), Biosciences (BRI) and Software (SRI).  The establishment of an Enterprise Ireland funded translational research centre, SUNAT (seamless communications) within the SRI, further strengthens this support for strategic industry. The Institute also has an Industrial Polymer Solution and Design Centre specialising in the testing and development of chemical and polymeric systems. Analytical laboratories are also made available to local industry for research and development purposes. Further research clusters exist within AIT through the four Schools of Business, Engineering, Humanities and Science.

Athlone Institute of Technology: www.ait.ie

Midlands Innovation and Research Centre: www.mirc.ie

Laois and Offaly Education and Training Board: www.loetb.ie

Longford and Westmeath Education and Training Board: www.lwetb.ie

Skillnets actively supports and works with businesses in Ireland to help them address their current and future skills needs through an enterprise-led approach.

Skillnets training networks based in the Midlands: