What is the West Regional Skills Forum?

The aim of the West Regional Skills Forum is to support and facilitate communication and engagement between enterprise and third level education providers in the identification, development and delivery of skills required for Galway, Mayo and Roscommon.  Increased communication and engagement will ensure the skills needs of business are met to support job creation, sustainability of business and their talent pipelines.

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Why get involved with the West Regional Skills Forum?

Objectives of the West Regional Skills Forum

  • Establish a working regional forum of representatives from Education & Training Providers, State Agencies, and Industry to focus on skills provision for the region.

  • Communicate and inform enterprise of services available to meet their skills needs.

  • Gather data from industry on skills gaps.

  • Establish process between industry, state agencies and education & training providers to respond to skills gaps.

The West Regional Skills Forum is a collaborative forum comprised of representatives from education and training provider groups namely National University Ireland Galway (NUI Galway), Galway Mayo Institute of Technology(GMIT), Galway Roscommon Education & Training Board (GRETB) , Mayo Education & Training Board (MSLETB), Skillnets,  and Intreo working in partnership with industry representative groups and state agencies  IDA Ireland, Enterprise Ireland, IBEC, Western Development Commission, Údarás na Gaeltachta, Fáilte Ireland,  Local Enterprise Offices, Construction Industry Federation, Teagasc, Chambers of Commerce, American Chamber. 

The Forum is industry led with chair,  Mark Gantly Senior R & D Director  Hewlett Packard Cloud Services,  and industry representation across multiple industry sectors in four working groups at present:

  • Industry 4.0 (with a particular focus on Life Sciences) 
  • Sales Professionals Network
  • Technology 
  • Wood & Furniture Manufacturing