Shauna Dunlop is the Director of Research, Data and Strategic Engagement with SOLAS. In this role Shauna has strategic engagement responsibility for implementation of the national 5 year Further Education and Training (FET) Strategy 2020 – 2024. She leads the national Skills and Labour Market and Research unit, which develops and authors national labour market and information bulletins, skills forecasts and publications. Shauna also heads up the Data Analytics unit in SOLAS.
Shauna was previously the Director of Apprenticeship and Work Based Learning in SOLAS with responsibility for the national craft apprenticeships, as well as supporting the development of new apprenticeship programmes and traineeships across the Country. Previously she has led in areas across the UK in skills, apprenticeship, further education, community development, information rights and the General Data Protection Regulation.
She has significant strategic leadership and stakeholder engagement experience and expertise as well as a track record of successfully developing and implementing sector strategies to drive and influence positive change across Ireland, Northern Ireland and the UK.
She is a graduate of Queens University Belfast, a Chartered Marketer and is also a qualified coach.