29 March 2016
Our talented workforce is one of Ireland’s best assets. It has played a key role in our economic success and will continue to do so if this crucial funding is delivered to handle these demographic pressures. Education spending has been cut in recent years and in spite of growing student numbers. Irish school and university capacity will need to increase by over 220,000 over the next 15 years.
Ibec recommends the government should:
- Develop a new schools building programme utilising exchequer and public private partnerships to deliver new and upgraded schools catering for an additional 87,000 places by 2020.
- Increase the capital allocation funding to higher education institutions to upgrade buildings, ICT, specialist laboratories, workshops, equipment and meet the challenge of an additional 14,000 students by 2020.