The Regional Skills Forum is a Department of Education & Skills initiative bringing employers and education and training providers together to collaboratively develp skills across the South-West region.  The South-West Forum is comprised of:

SWRSF Chair: Denis Mc Carthy, CEO, FEXCO

SWRSF Manager: Dr Siobhan Bradley

Education & Training Providers: University College Cork, Cork & Tralee Institutes of Technology, Cork & Kerry Education & Training Boards, Skillnets

Statutory Development Agencies: Enterprise Ireland, IDA Ireland, Cork City & County Council, Cork & Kerry LEOs, Intreo, Failte Ireland

Business Representative Organisations: IBEC, Cork Business Association, Cork Chamber of Commerce, IHF, CIF &

Our Industry Sectoral Group Chairs representing the following sectors in the South-West region:

Pharma/Biopharma: Gary Hartnett, GM & VP, Janssen Supply Chain Ireland 

Manufacturing/Engineering: Patrick Buckley, MD, EPS Group

Hospitality: Aaron Mansworth, Director Trigon Hotels 

ICT: Denis Mc Carthy, CEO, FEXCO

The Forum members work in partnership to proactively identify skills needss – existing & projected – across the region and put in place collaborative action plans between industry and education/training that build solutions to these so local talent supply is as well aligned to local industry need as possible.