- City population:195,175
- City/Urban area:2,756
- Population Density:Less than 300 inhabitants per km²
- GDP – city:More than $25,000
- GDP - country:USD 46,533
- Average number of years of schooling:12.4
Lifelong learning for economic development
As the third largest city in Ireland, Limerick serves as the hub for transport and economic, educational, social and cultural activities.
Vision and Motivation
Limerick is adopting a lifelong learning approach in order to promote economic development. Additionally, the city supports social inclusion and has increased access to education for all. The level of education of the adult population is an important factor in ensuring economic competitiveness, the strength of the labour market, and prospects for individuals and families across a wide range of outcomes.
Challenges and Goals
By joining the GNLC, Limerick hopes to increase the percentage of its population holding a third-level qualification to close to the national average and to meet the overall EU 2020 target (40 per cent of 30–34 year olds with a third-level qualification). By seeking to address the challenges faced by unemployment, Limerick aims to close the internal gap among its residents and to nurture the city’s development.
Plan and Implementation
The Limerick City Development Board (CDB) adopted a ‘10-Year Strategy on Economic, Social and Cultural Development’, setting the overarching goal for Limerick to become a ‘City of Learning and Opportunity’.
The city’s steering group launched ‘Together for a Brighter Future – Collaborative Framework for Progress’ in 2008 with four strategic pillars: (1) creating a spark of learning; (2) giving children and young people the best start in life; (3) fostering a thriving and inclusive city; and (4) promoting a quality learning environment. Detailed actions include promoting the value of learning in Limerick at all stages of life and supporting sectoral networks and groups in their efforts to engage with people.
The council’s ‘Local Economic and Community Plan’ includes actions to coordinate the provision of, and promote access to, lifelong learning by developing Limerick as a learning city.
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