• Launch of Plan takes place in LIT following close work between Institute and Dept. of Jobs
• 2 out of every 5 LIT students studying in areas targeted by plan
Speaking at the launch of the Action Plan for Jobs in the Mid-West, President of LIT, Dr. Maria Hinfelaar said,
“The launch of the Action Plan for Jobs at LIT, and the excellent news about Regeneron’s further expansion represents a great day for job creation in this region.
“We have worked closely with the DJEI and other stakeholders to frame the objectives in the Action Plan, which are very ambitious. The aim is to bring unemployment down further, to grow the economy, and to deliver targeted educational initiatives aimed at meeting industry demand for highly skilled graduates in sectors including ICT, Engineering; Precision Engineering, MedTech and Agri-Tech.
“Two out of very five LIT students are studying on programmes in those fields, so we are fully committed to helping companies in our region to achieve their goals. It is also excellent to see that there will be opportunities for our graduates to go into employment locally, because that is what the vast majority want.
“The Action Plan for Jobs states that collaboration between industry and higher education is exceptionally good in this region. This is where we can really distinguish ourselves, and LIT will maintain that ethos of working together.
“Another interesting objective in the Action Plan is to support start-up companies in every way possible. With six enterprise centres in the region, including the new International Fashion Incubator Limerick which is now operational, LIT will be at the forefront of turning this goal into a reality.
“With numerous partnerships between LIT and Enterprise Ireland, the Chambers of Commerce, Local Enterprise Offices and City/County Authorities in Limerick and Tipperary, we have already made an enormous difference and helped to create 650 jobs in the last 5 years."