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A Kerry businesswoman says not everyone needs a university education and she believes there should be more of a focus on targeted training and apprenticeships.

Economic and Community Development Plan

That’s according to the Managing Director of Southern Scientific and Agri Diagnostics in Farranfore, Kate Murphy, who’s also a member of the Implementation Group for the Regional Action Plan for Jobs.

She was speaking as the first ever Kerry Local Economic and Community Plan 2016 to 2022 was launched this morning by the Chief Executive of Kerry County Council, Moira Murrell.
This plan brings together a wide range of organisations and agencies working in economic and community development, including IT Tralee, as well as business people.

It aims to provide better strategic planning, targeting and co-ordination of resources, and to improve the quality of life for everyone living and working in Kerry.

There are specific targets included; those responsible for delivering them are identified, and timeframes are set out.

The plan will be overseen by a special implementation group which will report regularly to council on the progress being made.

Speaking at the launch today, Managing Director of Southern Scientific and Agri Diagnostics, Kate Murphy, says it’s important Kerry County Council engages with the private sector immediately, and believes a key part is looking at how people are educated.

Ms Murphy, who is also a member of the Implementation Group for the Regional Action Plan for Jobs, says the German model is a good example; she believes university training isn’t always needed, and apprenticeships would be a better route for many others.