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The Irish government plans to create 20,000 new manufacturing jobs by 2016. The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton, said the manufacturing industry remains a key employer, offering both direct and indirect employment to over 400,000 people in the country.
Mr Bruton last year tasked a group, led by industry experts, with coming up with a plan to deliver on the government’s target of 20,000 additional jobs in the sector. New strategies were launched this week to meet the goal.
This includes key actions such as access to new funding, management training and support, costs reduction and technology adoption.
“Despite a substantial decline over the past decade, manufacturing is a crucial sector employing over 200,000 people directly and a similar number indirectly,” said Mr Bruton. “We in government believe that the sector has substantial capacity for jobs growth, and that is why we decided two years ago to examine new ways of targeting support at manufacturing.”
The Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairi Quinn, added that manufacturing remains an important source of employment in Ireland. “But the needs of this sector like a lot of other sectors are evolving rapidly. In order to maximise opportunities for growth and attracting investment, we need to ensure our people are offered opportunities to upskill and reskill in order to have the relevant, quality skills needed to avail of current and future job opportunities in this sector.”
According to the government, the employment outlook for the manufacturing sector depends on addressing domestic competitiveness factors and a favourable international trading environment.