are no national networks of VET/HRD researchers in Ireland. The Refer Network
in Ireland comprises 13 organisations of which two are explicitly research
bodies. These two research organisations, having a broad research remit,
conduct occasional studies in the VET/HRD areas.
the co-ordinating partner, conducts research in the skills and labour market
areas. FÁS Planning, Research and EU Affairs Unit hosts a national,
annual labour market conference. At the latest one, held in November 2005,
Mr. John Martin, OECD Director for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs
launched the OECD publication 'Ireland Ageing and Employment Policy'.
hosted an eve of Conference (ECER September 2005) workshop on 'Employment
related research in Ireland and Europe' which was attended by ReferNet
organisations and European researchers and practitioners in the training
and employment area. The event was organised with Cedefop and the Employment
Research Centre, Trinity College Dublin. FÁS, as the lead partner
in ReferNet, hosted a Cedefop stand at the ECER conference.
Skills and Labour Market Research Unit of FÁS is a member of Cedefop
Skillsnet and attended the Skillnets conference on nanotechnologies in
Stuttgart and the workshop in Cyprus on European skills needs forecasting
at which Roger Fox, Director of Planning, Research and EU Affairs made
a presentation. (For information on the SLMRU, see section 1.)
National Qualifications Authority of Ireland co-hosted a conference with
the OECD on 'The role of national qualifications systems in promoting lifelong
learning' (October 2005). This conference marked the completion of the
international synthesis report entitled 'Policy Implications of National
Qualifications Systems and their Impact on Lifelong Learning'.