On the 22nd of November 2023, Innopharma Education hosted a 1-day skills conference, aligned with the European Year of Skills. Business Leaders, People Managers and Talent Professionals came together to help solve organisations skills gaps and mismatches.
The day highlighted the imperative of prioritising skills development in Ireland for sustainable economic growth and competitiveness. It was clear that collaboration among government, industry and educators is needed to create a supportive environment for lifelong learning. The opening address by Orla Callan, Managing Director of Innopharma Education, highlighted our mission to bridge skills gaps in high-tech sectors through industry-focused and flexible education programmes.
The recent OECD report states that over 200,000 people in Ireland need new skills with 75,000 requiring complete reskilling and 125,000 needing upskilling due to automation and digitalisation. Innopharma education proposes agile skills pathways through public-private partnerships to address this challenge.
Minister Neale Richmond spoke about the importance of investing in skills to maintain Ireland's competitive edge, noting that a well-educated and agile workforce is a key attractor for international companies and talent.
Three panels further delve into the themes of Reinventing, Leading, and Supporting. The Reinventing panel emphasizes the need for a "future-capable" workforce, highlighting the evolving nature of skills required, including data analysis and AI skills. The Leading panel stresses the importance of embedding talent development into business strategy, with a focus on digital skills and workforce transformation.
Key takeaways from the conference include the acknowledgment that many organisations expect future skills gaps and the importance of effective implementation in upskilling programmes. It is evident that there is a cultural shift needed in the post-pandemic hybrid work environment, where flexibility and agile learning are paramount.