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The Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) and Ireland

Information Seminar

The Department of Education and Skills and the Central Statistics Office would like to tell you about Ireland’s participation in PIAAC – a new international survey of adult skills being managed by the OECD.

The PIAAC survey results will not be published until this time next year.  However, the CSO has interviewed and assessed the skills of almost 6,000 adults across the country as part of delivering PIAAC in Ireland, and 23 other OECD countries have done likewise.  We thought it was an opportune time to raise awareness about PIAAC and its potential.

We hope that PIAAC will enable us to compare data with the 1997 International Adult Literacy Survey (IALS) as well as enabling us to identify the relationships between skills – including basic skills like literacy and numeracy – and economic and social outcomes.  As part of evidence-based policy making, PIAAC will be a valuable tool in describing how effectively education and training systems are meeting emerging skill demands.

The seminar will be held on Friday, 26 October, from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm in the Clock Tower, Marlborough Street. 

PIAAC Information Seminar

26 October 2012, 10.00am – 1.00pm

The Clock Tower, Department of Education and Skills, Marlborough Street



10.30amWilliam Thorn, Senior Analyst, Directorate for Education, OECD

PIAAC: Origins, international dimension, concepts and aims

11.00amKevin McCormack, Senior Statistician, CSO

PIAAC: delivering the survey in Ireland

11.30amTerry Maguire Director, Lifelong Learning, ITT

12.00pmJasmina Behan, Senior Research Officer, Skills and Labour Market Research Unit

Data on Skills and Future Development in Further Education and Training

12.30pmQuestions and Answers