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Employment 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 skills strategy.

Evaluation research of public programmes under the National Development Plans and supported by the European Social Fund.

Upskilling 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.

Quality assurance of programmes and qualifications by providers and the qualifications authority, the NQAI.

E-learning. 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.

Identification of language and vocational education needs of the expanding immigrant population.

ANNEX: Selection of ERO Base projects

Skills analysis

National Skills Bulletin:

National Skills Strategy

Sectoral studies

The human resource requirements of the traditional metals and engineering sectors

Studies on the skill needs of the construction, financial

ICT & learning

ICT platform for online learning and experiences: accreditation in the mobility programme

Incorporating m-learning into mainstream education and training

Older workers
OECD thematic review of policies to improve labour market prospects for older workers

The needs of older learners in relation to the provision, design and delivery of learning opportunities

Transition to university for adult learners

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Source: Cedefop - National Research Report Ireland (details see Bibliography)
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