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The creation of a single Department encompassing further and higher education, research, innovation and science has brought with it a deeper strategic consideration for the role of further and higher education in the lives of Irish citizens.

A renewed focus on research and innovation structures an enhanced policy direction for the sector at large. This new Department and its agencies have a key responsibility to help people get back on track in the short term post-pandemic and prepared for the future in the long term.

This Statement of Strategy is informed by an extensive multi-stakeholder consultation spanning government, state agencies, industry bodies, worker representatives and the general public. Consultations were conducted in 2019 and again in 2020 to take account of the impact of Covid-19. Three strategic themes were highlighted through the consultation process:

1) Workforce Design

2) People Development

3) Strategic Innovation. 


Skills intelligence publication details

Target audience
Digital skills for the labour force.
Digital skills for ICT professionals and other digital experts.
Digital technology / specialisation
Digital skill level
Geographic scope - Country
Industry - field of education and training
Work skills
Geographical sphere
National initiative
Publication type
National plan