Research shows recruitment firms are struggling to fill vacancies in rapidly growing areas such as IT, science/engineering and business. Photograph: iStockphoto/Getty

More than 100,000 “economically inactive” homemakers, retirees and jobless people could be encouraged into the labour force with flexible working hou(...)

Employers’ groups such as Ibec  say any  rises in the training fund levy amount to an “employment tax”.  Photograph: Getty Images

Businesses are set to be given a greater say in shaping the type of higher education and training courses to be delivered over the coming years in exc(...)

Since 2013, the Smart Futures programme has  reached about 100,000 students at primary and secondary  levels. Photograph: iStockphoto/Getty Images

In classrooms around the country, primary schoolchildren are making prosthetic limbs. Others are growing bacteria and examining it under a microscope (...)

The ranking table is based on Higher Education Authority figures for posts in universities in 2014, with University of Limerick having women in 33 per cent of senior posts. File photograph: Press 22 The new body will oversee research and advise on prioritisation of key skills gaps across industry and how they can be met

The performance of colleges in responding to the skills needs of industry will be monitored by a new Government advisory body. The National Skills Co(...)

Richard Bruton: the Minister hopes to increase the contribution employers make to higher education and training. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

The quality of college graduates appears to be on the decline, with many lacking work-ready skills, according to small and medium-sized businesses. (...)

The Coalition plan is in response to a shortage of skilled workers in key areas. Photograph: PA

Some 50,000 modern apprenticeships and traineeships will be created over the next five years under a new skills strategy launched by the Government. (...)