Agile COE Training Co-ordinator
The Chamber is currently focusing on the talent pipeline emerging from third level education. They are consistently working with both UCC and CIT at an academic level to ensure that industry and academia are collaborating to equip students with the skills required to drive the talent pipeline. Companies now require highly skilled candidates that can deliver to global companies – the interface between the academic world and company requirements is key to making this a reality. The panel acknowledged the importance of developing smart technology however the ability to use it is critical. The competition within the industry for the attraction and retention of talent was also highlighted. There is a constant requirement for transformation – an ability to adapt and change to the workforce requirements.
Currently in Ireland, 16% of the workforce is international. Diversity in the workplace is a hot topic with third level college’s encouraging female students to study STEM. A number of companies including McKesson are sponsoring intern and Master’s programmes to drive this. AmCham also supports Senior Leaders in advancing their leadership skills by working in cross-functional groups with peer-to-peer learning through their Mentoring programmes. This event was very informative and I was delighted to hear about the strong collaboration and networking practices that are in place to grow the workforce of the future!