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Must change with change… OECD warning to Ireland’s working community

Dublin: Ireland’s workforce will be left behind if they do not acquire the right knowledge and skills in this age of modern change. An OECD research report warns of critical challenges in Ireland’s workforce, including skills, and calls for urgent government intervention to achieve excellence in this field.

According to research, many Irish workers are unwilling to learn new skills. Every worker needs to learn new skills in order to thrive in their current position, but many do not.

The research was carried out in conjunction with the ‘Year of Skills’, an EU initiative to promote the skills and expertise of the workforce. Furthermore, Higher Education and Research Minister Simon Harris is expected to submit a proposal to the government based on this.

According to the OECD, upskilling Ireland’s workforce is a complex issue that necessitates a government-led approach. Government research highlights areas where government intervention is needed.

These mismatches in workers’ skills are also a concern for employers, the report says. The research found that shortages in areas such as digital skills, stem skills, and management skills are of greatest concern to Irish employers.

The skills of those with less education, including women and the disabled, also need to be further activated in the labour market. The report emphasises the importance of better designing workplaces to develop workers’ skills and improve SMEs’ management capacity.

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