and skill trends. This research has focused on the future outlook for different
occupations and skill sets and hence the need for education/training provision.
Research has begun in the last year into the development of a national
research of public programmes under the National Development Plans and
supported by the European Social Fund.
of the existing workforce, with emphasis on persons with low levels of
qualifications. Identification of barriers to training for this group and
mechanisms to overcome such barriers forms part of this research.
assurance of programmes and qualifications by providers and the qualifications
authority, the NQAI.
A number of pilot programmes have been conducted by training organisations
into e-learning and other open, flexible modes of delivery for which evaluation
research is being undertaken.
of language and vocational education needs of the expanding immigrant population.