20,000 new manufacturing jobs to be created by 2016 under Government plans – DEERING

22nd April, 2013

Carlow Fine Gael TD, Pat Deering, has welcomed the launch of a new Government plan which aims to support the creation of 20,000 new jobs in the manufacturing sector by 2016. The strategy has been prepared as part of the Action Plan for Jobs and is the result of consultation with experts within the sector.

“The manufacturing sector already employs more than 205,000 people in this country, and the Government believes we can significantly increase this number of the next four years. A report on the needs of the sector, commissioned by the Minister for Jobs, Richard Bruton TD, has highlighted existing and future skills shortages in manufacturing, and illustrates the potential for jobs growth if companies are supported and prospective employees are adequately trained.

“The Government now plans to implement a series of measures aimed at maximising the potential for jobs growth within the manufacturing sector. This includes the establishment of a new Start-up Fund run by Enterprise Ireland to target support for new manufacturing companies. Existing companies will also be given additional supports to expand their client base through staff training, accelerate collaboration between companies in similar sectors and improve the adoption of new technologies.

“Manufacturing, like any other sector, must make every effort to be competitive. The Government is determined to remove barriers to growth, so the sector can continue to expand and create jobs. Ensuring our workforce has the right skills to avail of new opportunities is also essential. This means we need to adapt third level and up-skilling courses if necessary to meet the changing needs of the sector.

“A new national Step Change Initiative will be made available to all Enterprise Ireland and IDA client companies to help them improve productivity and increase their capabilities. This will help firms on a range of frontS; for example we want to make it easier for companies to work together to bring complementary products or services to the marketplace. We will also develop the Global Sourcing initiative, which aims to increase the proportion of goods and services supplied by Irish firms to multinationals operating here.

“A central plank of this new strategy is aimed at encouraging our indigenous potential; the Government wants to make sure home-grown Irish manufacturing firms have the tools and the supports they need to expand and create jobs. Manufacturing firms supported by State agencies contributed €75 billion to exports in 2011; by encouraging this figure to grow we can strengthen the sector and boost job creation.”