Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.

We asked James Sheridan from Failte Ireland to give some advice for people considering this job:


James Sheridan

Restaurant Manager

Failte Ireland

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The best thing about this industry is you can get a job in the local hotel or restaurant, part time, and see if you like it.

Sit down with the manager and have a list of questions prepared. Don't make too many plans, just go with the flow, be nice/positive to everybody and things will go alright


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New National Skills Strategy 2025

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New National Skills Strategy 2025

Thursday, January 28, 2016 

New National Skills Strategy 2025

An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Tánaiste Joan Burton, Minister for Education Jan O'Sullivan and Minister of State Damien English  today launched Ireland's Future - the National Skills Strategy to 2025. Minister O'Sullivan called it "a comprehensive strategy across all levels of education".

The Strategy identifies Ireland’s current skills profile ans provides a strategic vision for the period to 2025.

It specifies objectives for Ireland’s future skills requirements and sets out a road map for how the vision and objectives can be achieved.

Key actions in the plan include the following:

  • The establishment of a new National Skills Council to oversee research, forecasting and prioritisation of skills needs
  • 50,000 Apprenticeship and Traineeship places to be supported over the period to 2020
  • Further Education and Training and Higher Education providers to produce employability statements for courses
  • A review of guidance services, tools and careers information for school students and adults to identify options for improvements
  • Development of an Entrepreneurship Education Policy Statement which will inform the development of entrepreneurship guidelines for schools
  •  A review of the School Leaver Age with a view to increasing it
  • Increased focus on lifelong learning and a target to increase participation in lifelong learning to 15% by 2025 (from 6.7% in 2014)

Speaking at the launch Minister O’Sullivan said, “This new National Skills Strategy sets out the Government's commitment to improving and using skills for sustainable economic growth. It outlines how we can develop a well-skilled, adaptable workforce that contributes to, shares in and benefits from opportunities of economic expansion”.

“This strategy will ensure increased access to high quality and relevant education and training and skills development opportunities. It will allow people to benefit from workplace learning and experience, and to enable effective participation by all in the economy and society.”

Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation, Damien English T.D., commented: “Winning the war for talent is the key to keeping the recovery going and for future sustainable economic growth. The National Skills Strategy will ensure our people have the skills they need to succeed and that Irish Business has the skills it needs to expand.

“The critical success factor for this strategy will be the real partnership between the education and enterprise sectors. I am delighted that this strategy will put in the place the structures to make that partnership a reality.

“Apprenticeships are an absolute central part of delivering the skills enterprise needs and I would urge talented young people to look seriously at an Apprenticeship as the foundation for a great career.”

Read the full strategy document here

The CareersPortal Team