John Sweeney - Lessons from the OECD LEED review on Local Job Creation in Ireland


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Presentation by John Sweeney, Senior Policy Analyst, National Economic & Social Council, Ireland.

9th Annual Meeting of the OECD LEED Forum on Partnerships and Local Governance (Dublin-Kilkenny, Ireland), 26/27 March 2013.

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John Sweeney - Lessons from the OECD LEED review on Local Job Creation in Ireland

  1. 1. 9th Annual Meeting IMPLEMENTING CHANGE: A NEW LOCAL AGENDA FOR JOBS AND GROWTHIn co-operation with the EU Presidency, Irish Government and Pobal 26-27 March 2013, Dublin-Kilkenny, IrelandPLENARY SESSION I: A NEW LOCAL AGENDA FOR JOBS AND GROWTH John Sweeney Senior Policy Analyst, National Economic & Social Council, Ireland
  2. 2. 52.0 54.0 56.0 58.0 60.0 62.0 64.0 66.0 68.0 70.0 72.0 Q1 98 Q3 98 Q1 99 Q3 99 Q1 00 Q3 00 Q1 01 Q3 01 Q1 02 Q3 02 Q1 03 Q3 03 Q1 04 Q3 04 Q1 05 Q3 05 Q1 06 Q3 06 Q1 07 The crisis and its impacts Q3 07 Q1 08 Q3 08 Q1 09 Q3 09 Figure 2: Employment Rates 1998-2012 Employment Rate in Ireland – 1998 - 2012 Q1 10 Q3 10 Q1 11 Q3 11 Q1 12 Q3 122
  3. 3. Response to the crisis• Significant institutional reforms are underway: 1. Three services - job-matching and job-placement, the administration of benefit, and the design and supervision of active labour market programmes (ALMPS) – are being rolled into one (INTREO) 2. Reforms are also taking place to alter the institutional framework for vocational education and training (SOLAS and ETBs) 3. Regional and local government structures are being redrawn, and greater functions are being devolved to municipal government 3
  4. 4. Results for Ireland 4
  5. 5. Theme 1: Better aligning policies and programmes to local economic development• Local responses primarily about drawing down national measures• Capacity strained by recession and reforms• Forums for bringing stakeholders in local economic development together are weak, silos remain• Data on local labour markets is improving
  6. 6. Theme 2: Adding value through skills• Training for a broad range of sectors widely available, and delivery methods diverse• Some successful work with employers in raising skills (i.e. Skillsnet)• Uneven access to quality career guidance• Strong awareness of need to attract and retain talent, but primarily in the context of internationally trading enterprises
  7. 7. Theme 3: Targeting policy to local employment sectors and investing in quality jobs• Skill needs of local sectors are less systematically monitored and VET responses are more ad-hoc• Skills utilisation efforts are small scale• Significant emphasis on skills for entrepreneurship• The job quality of inward investment is high. Quality of life is widely acknowledged as a major economic asset at the regional/local level
  8. 8. Theme 4: Inclusion• A broad range of employment supports and training programmes target at risk groups• The cost of child and elderly care remains high• Major concerns with youth unemployment have not translated into a national/local youth strategies• Immigration on a large scale absorbed well into labour market – policy and civil society have responded