Government of Ireland
Regional Skills

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What is the West Regional Skills Forum?

The West Regional Skills Forum is a collaborative forum comprised of representatives from education and training providers, state agencies and enterprise representatives. 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.

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The emerging skills needs of the West region (Galway, Mayo, Roscommon) are identified, analysed and responded to via collaborative engagement between enterprise and education and training providers.

Core Objectives

  • Help employers connect with the range of services and supports available across the education and training system
  • Gather & Conduct review on labour market information and analysis of employer needs to inform programme revision or new development as required
  • Greater collaboration and utilisation of resources across the education (FE/HE) and training system that supports enhancement of progression routes for learners
  • Develop a structure of communication strategies to regional wide business/sectors that ensures overall awareness of supports from RSF

Core Principles

  • An open inclusive Forum where diverse opinions are heard and reflected upon
  • Impartial facilitation, dissemination of skills needs analysis and co-creation of courses
  • Action-oriented meetings with results delivered upon


Members of our Forum who support companies in the West include

  • Education & Training providers: NUI Galway, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, the Galway, the Education and Training Boards, Galway Executive Skillnet, ITAG Skillnet and Gréasan na Meán Skillnet.
  • State Agencies: Local Enterprise Offices, Enterprise Ireland, IDA, Intreo, Údarás na Gaeltachta,Western Development Commission, Fáilte Ireland, Bia Innovator
  • Business Representatives: Globalization Partners, Intuity, ICE Group, Kilcoyne Tree Surgery, Anecto, Homecare Medical, Galway Chamber of Commerce, Galway Film Centre, Crew Digital, Compustaff