South West Regional Skills Forum

South-West at a Glance

  •  689,750 South-West population
  •  Cork is Ireland’s second city region, home to just over half a million people & set to be the fastest growing city region in the country over the next 20 years
  •  150+ FDI companies have chosen Cork for their operations
  •  South-West Industry clusters in pharma/biopharma; manufacturing; ICT; financial services; food; maritime + more
  •  Three 3rd level institutes at UCC, CIT, & IT Tralee with 35,000+ students in Cork alone
  •  50% population under 35 · 2 International airports [Cork & Kerry] with 50 destinations served from Cork Airport
  •  Office rental in Cork is less than half the cost of other EU City region
  •  Cork ranked as No. 1 European small city for business friendliness by the Financial Times & one of the overall top 25 European Cities of the Future for 2018/201

Regional Skills Fora

  •  To help foster stronger links between employers and the education and training sector, the Department of Education and Skills has established a network of nine Regional Skills Fora and appointed nine Regional Skills Fora Managers. Since the establishment of the RSF there is now a greater focus on strengthening and establishing positive relationships between employers and the education and training system in the different regions.