One of the reasons why so many companies choose Ireland is because of the unique workforce –Ireland has the youngest population in Europe with over 35% under the age of 25 years
Surveys show that foreign investors consider the quality and the ‘can do’ flexible attitude of Irish people to be two of the country’s greatest advantages
New entrants to the workforce ( school leavers, immigrants and women) ensure labour availability in the future.
Ireland ranks No 1 for the availability of skilled labour and finance skills (source IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook, 2011)
Ireland’s educational system has reflected, benefited from and reinforced some important cultural characteristics; creativity, flexibility, nimbleness, agility, pragmatism and informality. Ireland has one of the best education systems in the world according to the independent IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook 2011 (ranks 9th). Almost 1 million people are in full time education.
The University of Limerick and the Limerick Institute of Technology are within 15 miles (25 kms) of Shannon. NUI Galway is 55 miles (88 kms) and the University College of Cork is 80 miles (128 kms).