research in Ireland is primarily oriented to policy issues and labour market
analysis. Evaluation research has formed the basis for programme reviews
and has fed in to the development of national development plans and the
programmes for investment in human resources supported by the European
amount of research has also been devoted to examining employment and skills
trends. This research has focused on the future outlook for different
occupations and skills sets and hence the need for education/training provision.
This research, in recent years, has been primarily for the Government’s
Expert Group on Future Skill Needs.
a small country, the amount of VET research in Ireland is quite limited.
Considerably more research is undertaken in relation to the formal education
system. Relatively little research is undertaken on pedagogic issues relating
is a need to continue research on the skill needs of the future and to
evaluate public programmes. Increasingly, the emphasis of such programmes
is likely to be on particular target groups and social equity considerations.
Research needs to support this changed emphasis. A particular focus for
the future is likely to be migration issues due to the very rapid rise
in immigrants into Ireland in the last few years.
is an increased recognition of the importance of human resources for national
economic and social success. This has led to an increased interest in forward-planning
of human resources. Efforts to conduct research towards the development
of a national skills strategy have commenced in the last year..
use of internet and other open learning methods is of widespread consideration
and it is likely that research and development in this area will become
more important. In general, pilots of different approach to the delivery
of VET are likely, and such pilots will usually then be evaluated.
important policy concern is the up-skilling of employed persons with low-levels
of qualifications. Research into the barriers facing such persons, and
mechanisms to overcome such barriers, is likely to be an important theme
in the next period.