Friday, March 14 10:48:26
The Government today published its plan to fill 44,500 jobs for ICT professionals over the next four years.
An extra 1,250 ICT undergraduate places will be made available annually from 2014, as part of the Government's drive to increase the level of highly skilled professionals domestically, aimed at ensuring that three quarters of job openings can be filled from the Irish education system by 2018.
There will also be a total of up to 2,000 work permits issued per year to ICT professionals with relevant skills in order to meet the demands of the industry, and there will be an increased focus on recent Irish emigrants and EEA nationals.
Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton T.D. and Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairi Quinn T.D published the ICT Skills Action Plan 2014 at Trilogy Technologies, a growing Irish ICT company based in Dublin with a workforce of approximately 50 people.
Under the Plan, it is aimed to meet 74pc of industry demands domestically for ICT professionals by 2018 - up from 45pc in 2011 and 60pc now. In order to meet this target, Minister Quinn announced a series of reforms aimed at dramatically increasing the availability of graduates.
These include providing an additional 1,250 undergraduate ICT places per year in higher education institutions; an increase in the retention rate of students on ICT related courses; launch a further round of ICT Skills Conversion courses; promote careers in ICT to primary and second level students with industry support and roll-out courses in Digital media literacy, programming and coding in the new Junior Cycle Student Awards.
Minister Quinn said, "As part of the Government's drive to make Ireland the most attractive location globally for ICT Skills it is essential that we have a good pipeline of highly skilled graduates to meet the demands of industry."
"I am delighted the hard work of Government, State Agencies and Industry through the first ICT Action Plan is paying off. When we launched the Plan in 2012, only 45pc of the ICT skills demand was being met domestically from higher education programmes. This year the education system is expected to meet 60pc of demand. But, we need to be more ambitious and that is why we have set a target of meeting almost three quarters of industry demands here at home by 2018."