Project documentation
SABER Workforce Development Ireland Multiyear Country Report 2012
Publication Date: 13 Sep 2021
Source: International organizations-World Bank
This study benchmarked levels of support for workforce development (WfD) in Ireland and
identified measures which progressed workforce development within a framework of human
capital development. The study piloted a new diagnostic tool (SABER-WfD) to assess Ireland’s
workforce development between 1980 and 2000, a period of economic expansion in Ireland and
major reform in workforce development. The tool is part of the World Bank’s initiative on
Systems Assessment for Better Education Results (SABER) which focuses on several policy
domains including workforce development. Three broad functional dimensions of workforce
development policies were assessed based primarily on secondary source materials: strategic
framework; system oversight; and service delivery. The findings demonstrated Ireland’s overall
progression on each of these dimensions; moving from an emerging to an advanced system
between 1980-2000 in respect of workforce development strategic framework and service
delivery, and to an established framework for system oversight by 2000.
Upskilling SMES: How governments fund training and consulting. Comparing experiences from Asia, Europe and North America
Publication Date: 18 Jan 2018
Source: ILO
This study aims to guide policy-makers and programme managers of Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) training funding schemes through the difficult process of designing and implementing such a scheme. It reviews the set-up, funding and functioning of four established SME training schemes in Singapore, Malaysia, Ireland and the United States and highlights the differences in their design, and the pros and cons of different design choices. In particular partners of the ILO`s Sustaining Competitive and Responsible Enterprises (SCORE) Programme that offers a training and consulting intervention to the growing number of SMEs should be interested in this study.
Labour market impact of National Qualification Frameworks in six countries
Publication Date: 24 Oct 2017
Source: Academic institutions, ILO
In 2010, the ILO together with European Training Foundation (ETF) presented research on ‘The implementation and impact of National Qualifications Framework: Report of a study in 16 countries’ documenting countries that were early adopters of NQFs, such as Australia, Scotland, New Zealand, England, Wales and Northern Ireland as well as countries that had recently started implementation of National Qualifications Framework (NQFs), such as South Africa, Mexico, Chile, Malaysia, Mauritius, Botswana, Sri Lanka, Turkey, Lithuania, Tunisia, Bangladesh and Russia.

In the intervening years as the number of countries implementing NQFs has grown exponentially, the debate has increasingly centered on topics like labour market impact and outcomes of NQFs, including employer experience in using qualification frameworks when making hiring decisions.

This follow-up ILO research is therefore intended to better understand labour market aspects of NQF implementation and to provide sound empirical evidence of how employers recruit, fill vacancies and understand how qualification frameworks are tools for them and for employing people. In doing so we have been careful to chose countries that reflect various stages of implementation including Ireland, France, Belize, Jamaica, Sri Lanka and Tunisia.

The results clearly show that whilst the challenges associated with NQF implementation are myriad, benefits do accrue, especially over the long term. As such, for all the promised benefits of NQFs to be realised, a very long timeframe needs to be taken into account.
Education and lifelong learning watch 2015
Publication Date: 24 Aug 2016
Source: Other sources
This report presents the main findings and general recommendations of the 2015 SOLIDAR Foundation Education and Lifelong Learning Watch. Based on an extensive consultation with SOLIDAR members and partners, this initiative evaluates progress towards the achievement of the educational objectives of the Europe 2020 strategy and Education and Training 2020 strategic framework for Member States. The report assesses the policy actions dedicated to fight youth unemployment and support young people who are not in employment, education or training (NEETs) in 13 countries (Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Romania, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom).