Friday, February 01 11:10:06
ICT Ireland and the Irish Software Association (ISA), today welcomed the announcement by Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn of 760 new places on ICT graduate skills conversion programmes.
These courses will help address the skills shortage in the technology sector and will send a powerful signal to international investors that Ireland reacts quickly to industry needs, the joint statement said.
"The technology sector in Ireland is thriving. In the past three years over 13,700 jobs have been announced by the sector. With the top 10 global technology companies having a significant presence here and a substantial indigenous software sector, Ireland continues to be a powerhouse for technology," said ICT Ireland and ISA Director Paul Sweetman.
"With this growth comes demand for skilled, innovative graduates and employees. To address this demand, ICT Ireland and ISA members worked closely with government departments to develop the ICT Action Plan. The conversion courses announced today represent the latest iteration of the ICT Action Plan. All of the course announced have a significant level of industry involvement, be it though the development of the programmes and/or industry placement as part of the course."
"Not only do these courses form part of the solution to addressing the skills demand in the technology sector, the initiative sends a powerful signal to international investors that Ireland is moving nimbly and effectively in addressing major industry-needs."