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John O’Connor has worked as a Development Officer with the National Qualifications Authority of Ireland (NQAI) since March 2008. The principal function of the NQAI is to develop a framework of qualifications for the recognition and award of qualifications in the State based on standards of knowledge, skill or competence to be acquired by learners. Related to this the NQAI has the function of establishing the policies and criteria on which the framework of qualifications are based.
John is Ireland’s representative on the European Occupations, Skills Competence and Qualifications (ESCO) Committee and is a member of the National Skills Database Steering Group which provides skills and labour market to the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs (EGFSN). Before joining the NQAI, John worked for fifteen years as a lecturer and as an administrator in the independent higher education sector in Dublin.
20 April 2012
John O’Connor NQAI
Reform of Qualifications System – NFQ
European transparency instruments – EQF, Europass, Validation, Credit, ESCO
Data and Research– Forfas, National Competitiveness Council, CSO, HEA, Eurostat. OECD etc.
Guidance community – brokers of labour market intelligence
Identifying essential skills for the future
Understandings Skills Mismatches
Improve skills training for the unemployed
Strategy for skills financing – cost, access, equity and quality
Establish a common language for skills
Improve the measurement of Skills
Education in Employment Project www.eine.ie
Roadmap for Employment Academic Partnerships (REAP) www.reap.ie
Evaluation of Labour Market Activation Fund 2010 www.des.ie
OECD Review of VET in Ireland, 2010. www.oecd.ie
HETAC Guidelines on Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Education www.hetac.ie
Quality and efficiency in learning provision
Flexibility in provision
Transferability of skills
Ease of access
Low cost of re-entry
Evidence of impact