Ireland Supply Chain Skills Week – March 27th to April 1st 2023
One of the common challenges across all sectors of the economy is recruiting and developing supply chain resources to meet current and future needs. For the last three years, I have been privileged to participate in a cross-industry Logistics and Supply Chain Skills Group (LSCSG) in Ireland with members from industry, academic institutions, representative groups, and government departments including Transport, Enterprise, Social Protection and Education.
Since its formation, the LSCSG has focused on what is required to attract new entrants to supply chain careers and to encourage career development of existing supply chain employees. Details of the work of the group are available on www.gov.ie/LSCSG but there are some recent outputs of the group that are worth sharing:
- Career booklet outlining supply chain careers
- Career progression framework in supply chain (included on page 18-19 of the booklet)
- Listing of higher education and training options for supply chain in Ireland
We would encourage companies to use these tools and to provide inputs on how they can be improved for the future.
A lack of awareness of supply chain career opportunities has been identified as a challenge and the LSCSG have decided to launch an initial Supply Chain Skills Week in Ireland from March 27th to April 1st 2023.
During that week there will be a coordinated series of online and in-person events targeted at promoting the professional development of existing employees within supply chain. These events will also provide information to potential new entrants to the profession and to career guidance professionals.
Industry associations, academic institutions and individual companies will be invited to submit proposals for national or regional events that week. The Logistics and Supply Chain Skills Group team within the Department of Transport will provide a central coordination point and website with a published schedule of events.
In addition to national events, companies will be encouraged to consider regional and local events in conjunction with the regional skills groups from the Department of Education, to promote supply chain careers – open days, breakfast briefings, mini-expos, and engagement with schools and colleges.
We expect more information on the process to be available during October, but we would encourage supply chain leaders to actively consider how they can participate in the week. It is a great opportunity for us to showcase the diverse range of career opportunities in supply chain to our existing teams and to attract new entrants to the profession.
If you are interested in learning more about the planned events or have ideas on items to include to make the process more effective, I would be delighted to hear from you and to connect you with the organising team.
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