Action Plan For Jobs 2014: Your Ideas are Needed

The Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation and Forfás are commencing the process of developing the Action Plan for Jobs 2014. This is an annual process to support the achievement of the Government’s target of increasing employment by 100,000 over the period 2012 to 2016. 

Community and voluntary organisations are invited to submit proposals or ideas for consideration during the process of developing the 2014 Action Plan. Submissions are requested by 20th September 2013 and should be forwarded to

The 2014 Action Plan will build on the outcomes and impacts of the two previous Action Plans published in 2012 and 2013. These plans, together with the quarterly progress reports on each, are available at

While all ideas are welcome, they are particularly interested in actions that support the following themes:

  • Access to Finance for SMEs
  • Building Competitive Advantage
  •  Driving Entrepreneurship and Start-up Companies
  • Assisting Indigenous Businesses to Grow
  • Developing and Deepening the Impact of Foreign Direct Investment
  •  Supporting Employment at Community and Local Level
  • Sectoral Opportunities

If your proposal does not specifically fit into one category, but you believe you have a substantive proposal which will improve the environment to attract, establish or grow a business in Ireland and support jobs, tthey ar einterested in hearing dfrom you. Proposals which assist those seeking employment to access it, through skills development, labour market initiatives or supports are also welcome.

Please include the following with your submission:

  • A concise description of proposed action:
  • If relevant, what theme (above) does this action support?
  • What do you believe is the likely timeline for delivery?
  • What is the likely timeline for impact? (short/medium/long-term)
  • What decisions or resources might be required to make this happen?
  • What do you believe is the likely potential impact on job creation of this action?
  • Who should be responsible for implementing this action?

Please feel free to provide any supporting material that may be of assistance.  Forward your submission to by 20th September 2013.