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ESRI DFHERIS Joint Skills Research Programme (2022-2025)

24 October 2022 

Minister Simon Harris has welcomed the launch of a new partnership on research between his Department & the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) to help drive ambition on skills & talent in Ireland.

The ESRI, in partnership with the Department, will undertake research on developments in the labour market & the shifting nature of skills. The collaboration between the Department and the ESRI will run for three years & comes amid a backdrop of rapid transformation affecting skills & labour market needs.

Minister Harris stated 'There are more people at work than ever before but we cannot become complacent. The world of work is changing and it is vital we take steps to future proof the jobs market and people’s jobs. ‘’Better understanding current, future and emerging skills requirements will help us better plan for the education system we need to have to meet the demands of our economy and society.‘

Professor Alan Barrett, Director of the ESRI, added: “It is well recognised that increases in productivity are the basis for sustainable economic growth and improved living standards. In turn, it is also well understood that enhanced skills are a key factor in increasing productivity'. 

This work will assist Ireland in responding effectively to the challenges and opportunities facing us now & into the future, with a focus on skills and talent as key drivers of productivity, innovation and growth. Read more about the new joint skills programme here.