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Economic competitiveness and future prosperity mean deepening the skills base of the workforce. Both globalisation and moves towards a more knowledge-based economy raise the pressing question of the most effective approaches to higher skills development for people engaged in:

  • The early stages of their careers
  • Upskilling, and
  • Re-skilling of the existing workforce

The Council believes it is critical that a holistic approach is taken that ensures building employable skills, encourages lifelong learning and efficiently links employers with employable skilled workers.

Course development and training process

Skills Mapping
Undertaking activities to assess skill deficiency, map availability of skilled workers and local employment opportunities. This can include conducting local surveys and gather business intelligence regarding the availability of local employers, job opportunities they provide and potential employees eligible to apply for the positions.

Assistance with Pre-employment Training
The Council works with various partners to provide vocational training and distant learning courses that allow participants to acquire employable skills.

Internships & Job Placement
The Council works with a number of organisations to provide job placement services in rural areas, including matching citizen profile with available job openings, skills assessment, job counselling, and job application submission and provision of virtual interviewing facilities.

Monitoring Job Placement
Local organisations which offer training and job placement services, are in the best position to track local job placements. Further, since they have a relationship with citizens placed through them, they can offer lifelong learning courses that a citizen needs to upgrade his skills for career progress.

The benefits of skills development for business

  • A positive point of difference for customers looking new partners/suppliers
  • Increased productivity, better work safety practices and efficiency
  • Better levels of customer service (and satisfaction)
  • An engaged and motivated workforce enjoying greater job satisfaction, higher motivation and morale
  • Improved risk management in potentially highly litigious areas such as sexual harassment and diversity
  • Employee loyalty (they see that you value them enough to invest in them)
  • Reduced absenteeism and employee turnover
  • Reduced recruitment costs
  • Better recruitment and staffing policies
  • The ability to sell or license your knowledge to others
  • Business skills development services
  • Facilitate the process of identifying key organisational skills that an organisation needs to meet its mandate.
  • Undertake a skills audit in relation to these identified organisational needs to identify immediate, medium term and long term skills gaps in the organisation.
  • Define a range of skills development strategies to address skills needs in the immediate, medium and long term.
  • Oversee support and quality assure the implementation of skills development interventions to meet the immediate skills development needs of an organisation.
  • Monitor and evaluate skill development in the organisation relative to these needs.
  • Develop an annual review, ensuring its endorsement in the organisation.

(Coronavirus Pandemic)

Notice Date: 30th March 2020

The health and safety of our staff and contractors are of paramount importance. As such all ITC staff have been advised to work from home for the next 30 days and avoid all non-essential travel. This may reduce accessibility of staff via phone but, pending individual internet issues, most trade commissioners should be accessible via email.

The Council’s IT infrastructure systems are redundant and we use tried and tested collaborative tools that allow full remote working for all staff and contractors. As we use an IP-based phone system, all of our contact details will remain the same.

All webinars, conferences and trade missions are temporarily paused pending the end of the 30 day home quarantine period. The Trade Mission to Malta, Trade Mission to Estonia and Trade Mission to Finland are being re-scheduled for August 2020. Pending any major changes in the current Pandemic situation, Trade Commissioners should update attendees within the next 45 days.

All accounting functions and non-trade-related functions are temporarily paused for the 30 day home quarantine period.

The Council recommends all businesses follow the WHO guidelines which give some useful practical advice for workplaces.

Please stay at home if possible and stay safe!

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