Pictured at the launch of the'Skills to Advance' programme are (from left) Andrew Brownlee (ceo, Solas), Simon Harris, Minister for Higher and Further Education, Elaina Fitzgerald, president, IHF, Niall Collins (Minister of State for Further Education) and Tim Fenn, ceo, IHF).
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Skills to Advance is a policy initiative aimed at enhancing the skills of people in employment. Developed in 2018 by SOLAS (The Further Education and Training Authority) and the Department of Education and Skills, it has since been rolled out with the Education and Training Boards (ETBs) around the country.
Skill to Advance provides upskilling and reskilling opportunities, anticipating and responding to skill needs. It particularly targets those facing changes in their work due to technology advances, changing work practices and market diversification.
A key feature of Skills to Advance is its focus on sectors experiencing disruption or those with emerging opportunities. A current example of this is Developing Leaders for Hospitality and Tourism. Driven by the critical challenges now facing the industry, and in order to boost the retention and career progression of key talent, two new training programmes have been developed by SOLAS and the ETBs in collaboration with the Irish Hotels Federation, Failte Ireland, and Regional Skills Fora.