Tech Week is Ireland’s nationwide festival of technology aimed at students, parents and the public. Tech Week is made up of a range of classroom and community activities taking place across Ireland – in libraries, schools, community centres, and many other locations. These activities give students a chance to develop their interest in technology subjects, examine potential career prospects, learn new skills, be creative and, most importantly, have a lot of fun. Read more
You can now listen back to ICS Foundation Deputy CEO Mary Cleary’s Tech Week interview with West Limerick 102FM’s Monica Sheehy. Read more
EU Code Week is back again! Taking place from 15th – 23rd October. First launched in 2013 by the European Commission, the initiative aims to make programming more visible, to show young, adults and elderly how you bring ideas to life with code, to demystify these skills and bring motivated people together to learn. Read more
FÉILTE 2016 took place on Saturday, October 1st in the RDS, Dublin. The Festival of Education in Learning and Teaching Excellence, is a celebration of teaching which showcases the work of teachers who are leading innovative learning projects.
Now in its fourth year, the day provided a platform for teachers to share their stories of innovation with each other and the public. Read more
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An interview given by Our Deputy CEO Mary Cleary has been featured in the Sunday Business Post.
Titled ‘Back to School for Techies’ Mary discusses the return of the academic year and why professionals should also think about upskilling, she also talks about the introduction of the CPD system and how IT professionals can utilize it to build and track their training profile, by saying;
“It’s a very busy time for us, apart from the school agenda, everyone is thinking about their professional development. The European e-Competence Framework enables people to give a structure to their career planning. One of the things that people lose track of is a career path, as it’s very common to change”
A new paper from researchers at the University of Oxford, prepared for the European Commission, has examined ways to raise productivity and reduce the digital divide in Europe. The paper, titled, ‘Digitalisation, Jobs and Convergence in Europe: Strategies for Closing the Skills Gap’, looks at the effect that digital technology has had on the workplace, including automation and the introduction of new tasks and activities to existing jobs. Read more
About the eCF Alliance
The eCF Council aims to create a transnational partnership between the major players responsible for IT professionals’ enhancement, namely employers, professional associations, social partners, VET providers, higher education, research centres, regulatory bodies, and SMEs, across Europe. This, in response to the critical mismatch between ICT skills demand and offer that Europe is suffering both in terms of trainings and geographical distribution of the required competences against the positions available. Read more
If I asked you to rate your skills with word processing software on a scale of 1 to 10, then it is pretty likely that you would rate your skills quite highly, maybe an 8 or a 9. But what is that score based on? Does it mean that you know how to do a mail merge, or that you can edit and apply text styles? That’s the problem with self-assessment: everyone measures differently. Add in the tendency for people to overestimate their abilities, and you have the ingredients for a lot of confusion about what people can really do with technology! Read more
Tech Week 2016 is all over, and it has been another fantastic year for Ireland’s festival of technology. Our sincerest thanks go out to all of the thousands students, parents, teachers and members of the general public who participated throughout the week. The Tech Week team worked hard on this one, and we think it paid off. Tens of thousands students participated. Technology enthusiast’s organised events all across Ireland including career talks, workshops, lectures, coding activities and much more. Read more
We are at the beginning of a new technology-driven revolution. Multinationals are hiring, start-ups are scouting for talent and traditional industries are recruiting. Over the next three years, Ireland will need almost 45,000 additional computing professionals. Read more
New research has found that only a quarter of people working in science, technology, engineering and maths are women. Currently, female role models are being enlisted to stop the stereotyping of STEM as a male career.
The education system is also seeing similar figures, with just 17% of entrants to third-level IT courses being girls, a number which hasn’t changed in over a decade. In maths, ladies make up just 22% of students; in engineering the figure is 24%.
Ireland is becoming more demanding of people with ICT skills, and this demand is expected to far exceed the supply available. Read more
Like Ireland, Britain will also face a shortage of STEM professionals in the next few years and therefore has begun a plan to encourage children to uptake the subjects at school.
Young people are dropping subjects such as maths and physics at A-Level because of outdated career advice and pressure to achieve high grades, which is driving students to choose subjects that are perceived as easy, according to a new report into the issue, which warns the UK is heading for a lost generation. Read more
The European Commission has warned that Europe is facing a shortage in ICT professionals with approximately 900,000 needed by the year 2020, to help combat the skills shortage it has launched EU Code Week. Read more
As it’s almost Back to School time, parents will want their children’s digital skills to be up to scratch to keep up with their studies. But what about their teachers…and their ICT Skills? Read more
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The inaugural Tech Week Ireland is taking place from Sunday 27th April – Saturday 3rd May 2014. Tech Week is a festival of technology that will give students, parents and the public hands-on opportunities to learn about 3rd level and career options in computing and other technology fields. Read more