Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development John Halligan T.D., today launched the EXPLORE programme, an innovative new initiative aimed at increasing participation rates in Lifelong Learning and offering an opportunity to upskill for those already in employment.
The key objective of the initiative is to create a potential new solution to help address the issue of Ireland’s low level of participation in lifelong learning amongst the Irish workforce, particularly targeting persons over 35 years of age in manufacturing employment. It seeks to:
- address the lack of digital skills in this cohort;
- provide a novel approach to overcome barriers to participation in lifelong learning;
- address the key issue of skills obsolescence which is a significant concern for employers;
- showcase the benefits of collaboration between local Education & Training providers and industry.
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