The Expert Group on Future Skills Needs (EGFSN) advises the Irish Government on current and future skills needs of the economy and on other labour market issues that impact on Ireland’s enterprise and employment growth. It has a central role in ensuring that labour market needs for skilled workers are anticipated and met.

Established in 1997, the EGFSN reports to the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation and the Minister for Education and Skills.

Forfás, Ireland’s policy advisory board for enterprise, trade, science, technology and innovation in conjunction with SOLAS, provides the EGFSN with research and secretariat support.

The SOLAS Skills and Labour Market Research Unit provides the Group with data, analysis and research and manages the National Skills Database. Forfás provides the Group with research and secretariat support. The Group’s work programme is managed by the Head of Secretariat based in Forfás. The EGFSN’s budget comes from the National Training Fund.


The Expert Group on Future Skills Needs provides advice to Government on skills issues impacting enterprise through:

  • Skills foresight & benchmarking
  • Strategic advice on building skills through education and training
  • Data collection and analysis on demand and supply of skilled labour
  • Influencing and monitoring implementation

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