SFA welcomes Action Plan for Education

Monday, 6 February 2017

    • SFA welcomes Action Plan for Education
    • Small firms experiencing skills gaps
    • Greater participation in life long learning essential

The SFA welcomes the Action Plan for Education 2017, published today, 6 February.

Linda Barry, SFA Assistant Director, said: “The Small Firms Association welcomes the holistic and strategic approach of the Action Plan for Education 2017. Many small businesses are currently experiencing skills shortages, so there is an urgent need to address the existing gaps such as vocational skills, financial literacy and data analytics. Beyond these immediate concerns, it is crucial to lay the foundations for a more innovative, entrepreneurial society with much higher engagement in life long learning.”

“Small companies (less than 50 people) make up 98% of all businesses and together employ half of the private sector workforce – some 800,000 people. We welcome the commitment in the Action Plan for Education to hold quarterly meetings between education and enterprise to ensure that our education system leads to the best employment outcomes,” Barry concluded.


For further comment or interview, contact Linda Barry, SFA Assistant Director, on tel: 087 1472811 or email: linda.barry@sfa.ie

Editor’s note

The SFA is the trusted partner of over 8,500 small businesses (less than 50 employees) in Ireland. Its vision is of Ireland as the most vibrant small business community in the world – supporting entrepreneurship, valuing small business and rewarding risk takers.

More information about the SFA is available on the SFA website: www.sfa.ie or Twitter: @SFA_Irl