New MSc in European Employment Studies Launched in TCD

Posted on: 26 April 2010

The Employment Research Centre at the School of Social Sciences and Philosophy at TCD launched its new MSc in European Employment Studies recently (22nd April) with a public lecture on ‘Training Our Way Out of a Crisis?’ given by Donald Storrie, Head of the Employment and Competitiveness Unit at Eurofound, Dublin.

Particularly in times of economic downturn and rising unemployment, issues such as retraining and up-skilling of the workforce have acquired a greater importance.  Donald Storrie is an international authority in the area of training and active labour market policy.  His talk focused on seeking answers to the current job and employment crisis and specifically addressed the role of training as a remedy to the current employment crisis.  His presentation was followed by a number of responses from the social partners, policymakers and academics including Sally Anne Kinahan of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, Tony Donohoe of the Irish Business and Employers Confederation and Dr Mary Murphy of NUI Maynooth.  The event was chaired by Professor James Wickham, Head of the School of Social Science and Philosophy at TCD.

Many of the issues raised on the day will feature in the new MSc in European Employment Studies which studies work and employment policy in an Irish and European context.