What is the Regional Skills Forum

We are your skills solution partner! We are an independent team, funded by the Department of Education, to provide a FREE learning and talent development service for companies of any size, based in Galway, Mayo or Roscommon. Our quarterly meetings and regular events are a chance to connect with state agencies and other businesses in the West to solve industry-wide or cross-industry skills issues.

Members of our Forum who support companies in the West include NUI Galway, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, the Galway, the Education and Training Boards and the Skillnets.

Purpose of the Regional Skills Forum

The aim of the regional skills forum is to support and facilitate communication and engagement between education and enterprise in the identification, development and delivery of skills required for the region.  Increased communication and engagement will ensure the skills needs of business are met to support job creation, sustainability of business and the availability of talented human resources.

Objectives of the Regional Skills Forum

  • Manage 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 , industry agencies and education & training providers to respond to skills gaps.

The West Regional Skills Forum is committed to building on, and leveraging from,  existing business networks to ensure there is sustainable informed two way dialogue between education/training providers and enterprises at a regional level.  This regional collaboration and information sharing in the provision of skills to the market will enhance the quality and quantity of the available skills. Enterprise may influence curriculum development ensuring a supply of trainees and graduates with the required skills.

The Regional Skills Forum plays a key role in supporting the delivery of the  National Skills Strategy objectives.  Education and training providers,together with business, can build on the strengths of the west to meet the objectives of the action plan for jobs for the region.