A manager has been appointed to a new skills forum, designed to link industry with education and training providers to increase the skills pool.
Dr Siobhán Bradley will head up the South-West Regional Skills Forum in Kerry and Cork.
The forum will develop partnerships between businesses and University College Cork, IT Tralee, CIT, Cork and Kerry Education and Training Boards and Skillnets.
Initially it will focus on skills for the manufacturing, engineering and pharmaceutical sectors.
Dr Bradley previously held senior managerial and research roles with UCC, Cork Chamber of Commerce and Dublin Institute of Technology.
The forum is supported by the Department of Education and Skills.