Thursday, 25 October 2018

Questions (203)

Billy Kelleher


203. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the date of the national jobs summit in November 2018. [44490/18]

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Written answers (Question to Business)

The Future Jobs summit will take place on the morning of the 22nd November 2018.

Future Jobs represents a new economic framework for Ireland aimed at strengthening our economic resilience to future potentially adverse economic developments and at positioning our people and our businesses to grasp future opportunities.

Future Jobs will focus on:

1. increasing enterprise productivity especially among Irish SMEs;

2. ensuring we develop the talents our economy needs;

3. enabling people, especially women to join the workforce; and

4. addressing the challenges of transitioning our people and businesses to new economic models such as the low carbon and digital economies.

The Future Jobs initiative will drive our development over the coming years as a resilient, innovative, and globally connected economy, capable of coping with technological and other transformational changes ahead.

My Department, in partnership with the Department of the Taoiseach, is leading this whole of Government effort to develop Future Jobs and is engaging in extensive consultation with stakeholders. The centrepiece of this consultation will be the Future Jobs Summit to which the Deputy's question refers. At this event Government will consult on an emerging programme of actions with a broad range of stakeholders before Future Jobs 2019 is launched early next year. I envisage that the summit will present an opportunity for stakeholders to engage with each other and with Government Ministers with a view to suggesting options for development under the Future Jobs initiative.