Ireland – 15th May, 2008 – The skills challenge facing the Irish economy was the subject of a major seminar organised jointly by the National College of Ireland (NCI) and the National Centre for Partnership and Performance (NCPP), and held in Dublin on May 15.
The ‘Learning at Work’ seminar was chaired by NCPP director Lucy Fallon-Byrne and was addressed by Minister for Lifelong Learning Seán Haughey, Leo Casey of the Centre for Research and Innovation in Learning and Teaching and Prof Chip Bruce, National College of Ireland.
Four national initiatives, designed to promote and encourage learning at work, were showcased also at the seminar, providing the 100-plus delegates with real-life examples of innovative responses to the future skills challenge.
Among the issues discussed at the seminar were:
- The role of workplace learning in driving and growing the Irish economy;
- The opportunities for, and obstacles to, workplace learning that exist in Ireland today;
- Effective ways of engaging employers and employees to ensure Ireland is equipped for the future skills challenge.
National College of Ireland president Paul Mooney said the message was simple:
“For Ireland Inc. to succeed, the barriers to workplace learning must be identified and systematically removed. To survive and prosper in a tougher global environment, we need to collectively up our game to out-think the competition.
“The highest performing companies of the future are the ones that are becoming engaged in workplace learning initiatives today. The time is now and there is zero room for complacency on this. The future is decided by those who sense change and actually start to do something to respond to this. For everyone else, the time bomb is ticking.”
A new DVD was launched by Minister Haughey. Produced by NCPP, the DVD profiles the practical experiences of five Irish public and private-sector organisations that have recognised and embraced workplace learning as an enabler of change. Their stories illustrate the value of promoting human talent and creativity in the workplace, and make a powerful business case for lifelong learning and workplace training and development. Upskilling is now a necessity.
Copies of the DVD are available (free of charge) on request from the National Centre for Partnership and Performance. Simply drop an email to Conor (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your contact details, and he’ll post them out to you as soon as possible.
Source: Education MATTERS