Longford Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with the Regional Skills Forum and Longford County Council, are joining forces to try and entice more commuters back home.
All three organisations this week announced plans to conduct a pilot survey of Midlands commuters leaving the region and travelling to Dublin each morning.
The main purpose of the survey is to gain a better insight into the educational qualifications of commuters and nature of the employment that they are travelling outside the region for.
Chamber of Commerce President, Derek Scanlon said: “Every morning we watch the exodus of commuters leaving the Midlands Region and heading towards Dublin for work.
“There are a large number of existing businesses, large and small, seeking skilled and educated workers and our aim would be to determine if those commuters would be interested in hearing about some of those employment opportunities locally.”
The survey will be conducted over a two-day period on Irish Rail services on the Sligo to Dublin line, which passes through Longford.
The survey will also be available for completion online at the Midlands Regionals Skills website and Longford Chamber of Commerce website and Facebook page.
Regional Skills Manager, Lorraine Danaher stated: “I believe that the results of this survey will give a valuable insight into the existing profile of commuters in the region. This data will then enable the Midlands Regional Skills Forum to market the region to potential investors using real life examples of skill levels and educational attainment of workers.”
The survey will also ask participants if they would be willing to work from a Midlands based office or indeed, establish their own business in the Region.
“We have an excellent opportunity to determine if there are potential businesses that might locate or relocate to the Midlands region.
“Indeed existing companies that commuters work for might perhaps consider opening a business in the Region since there are lower rents, cheaper costs of housing for staff and less price competition for staff,“ added Mr Scanlon.
The Midlands Regional Skills Forum along with the Longford Chamber wish to acknowledge and thank Declan Rowley, Principal of St Mel’s College and the Transition Year Students who are assisting with this initiative.