One of the first tasks the RSF manager in the North West undertook was to determine how could the education and training providers better serve the employers in the region. From conducting this research, it was established that employers were interested in learning more about:
- Training and Education for existing employees
- Recruiting students for full time and part time employment
- Taking students on for placements
- Proposing research topics and projects to students completing full time programmes
- Delivering talks to learners
- Relevant events or conference held in local ETBs and Colleges
As a result of this, the North West Regional Skills Forum manager in collaboration with some of the education and training providers in the region have developed Employer Portals where employers can more easily learn about the various services available to them. Please click below for the portals developed to date:
- IT Sligo (https://www.itsligo.ie/employers/)
- Sligo College of Further Education (http://www.sligocfe.ie/employer_services)
- North Connaught College (http://northconnaughtcollege.net/employers/)
- Donegal ETB (https://www.donegaletb.ie/employers/)
- St. Angela’s College Sligo (www.stangelas.nuigalway.ie/employers)
A major objective of the North West Regional Skills Forum is to determine the current and future needs of employers in relation to education, skills and recruitment. This information will further inform local education and training providers when designing new programmes and reviewing existing programmes. In March 2018, the North West RSF Manager launched the ICT/FinTech Skills Audit Report for the region. A copy of the report is available here
A similar report for the Manufacturing sector in the North West will also be launched later in 2018. These reports further inform local education and training providers about the skills needs of employers in the various sectors and significantly influence new programme development and changes to existing programmes to better reflect the needs of local industry.
Information Sessions with Employers
The RSF Manager in the North West realises that not all employers are aware of the various services available to them from local education and training providers and other organisations supporting industry. To address this, the North West Regional Skills Forum has organised information sessions for employers in each of the three counties in the region (Donegal, Sligo and Leitrim).
In March 2018 information sessions were held in Letterkenny Institute of Technology (in collaboration with Donegal LEO) and in the MSL ETB Centre in Carrick on Shannon (in collaboration with Leitrim LEO). In April 2018, a similar information session was held in IT Sligo. These events for employers allow local employers to learn how local education and training providers can help their business in relation to recruitment of learners, upskilling existing staff, research, guest speakers, placements, apprenticeships and traineeships. In addition, other organisations supporting local employers such as the LEOs, Ibec, Enterprise Ireland, Skillnets, Údarás na Gaeltachta, Chambers of Commerce, Intreo, Western Development Commission and many more organisations deliver short pitches to employers in attendance. After the pitches, employers engage in one to one conversations with the various presenters. These events have proved extremely popular with employers as they allow local businesses to learn about the various supports available to them in relation to recruitment, training, research, business development and much more. These events will take place on an annual basis in each of the three counties.
Industry Engagement Training
The RSF Manager has delivered workshops on industry-education engagement in local ETBs and colleges. These workshops provide feedback from employers and look at facilitators for partnering with industry.
Workshops with Guidance Counsellor
The RSF manager has also delivered workshops to Guidance Counsellors in the region in relation to current and future employment trends.
Workshops with Students
In addition, the RSF Manager delivers workshops to secondary schools in relation to skills of the future. Workshops are also delivered to learners in local ETBs and Colleges when requested.