Friday 15 December 2017

Business brains engaged for jobs plan rollout

Fionnan Sheahan Political Editor

THE Government is signing up the country's best business brains to independently advise on the rollout of its jobs creation policies.

A group of six leading business people from domestic and multinational companies will join the team tasked with ensuring the Action Plan for Jobs is implemented.

The group includes the Irish boss of a US tech company who has been critical of the education system's failure to produce skilled workers.

The six business people will also sit on a revamped body that recommends ways to improve the country's competitiveness.

The group includes Louise Phelan of Paypal, John Herlihy of Google and Heather Reynolds of Eishtec, along with three others to be confirmed this week.

The appointments of the industry partners are expected to be confirmed this week by Jobs Minister Richard Bruton.

The addition of the business people is intended to inject some private sector experience into the plan but also to give an added push to ensure the targets are met.

Aside from attending the meetings of the monitoring group, it is also expected the group of six will get to brief the Cabinet committee on jobs.

Irish Independent

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