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Young people are dropping subjects such as maths and physics at A-Level because of outdated career advice and pressure to achieve high grades, which is driving students to choose subjects that are perceived as easy, according to a new report into the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
ICT Innovation Vouchers aim to help micro-enterprises and SMEs in the EU to use digital technologies to increase their competitiveness and enhance their growth prospects. ICT Innovation voucher schemes offer vouchers valued up to €10,000.
Regional authorities will implement the scheme. At the moment, only SMEs in the Spanish regions of Extremadura and Region of Murcia can benefit from the scheme, which is in a pilot phase, during which the regions can receive assistance in the form of guidance and training. SMEs in these regions will be the first in Europe to benefit from this opportunity which is due to roll out across Europe in 2014. Read more
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Ireland is changing, and in order to meet its aspirations and be a world class centre for tech companies of tomorrow, it needs to inspire young people, both male and female to engage in technology. Read more
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Career Zoo has been launched recently by its director Brian Ó hOisín and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton, with strong interest in jobs in the technology sector, the event promises to deliver on the demand. 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
Trinity College Dublin’s first free online course titled ‘Irish Lives in War and Revolution: Exploring Ireland’s History 1912-1923‘ has attracted massive interest with 10,000 people signing up, and more than half of those from abroad. 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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Although Ireland is on the road to recovery after the economic downturn, most of us are aware that the jobs sector still has a long way to go. Recent college graduates must bear in mind that after studying for four years and receiving their degree they won’t be guaranteed to land their dream IT job straight away. Read more
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A new study titled “The Irish Software Landscape” claims measures need to be taken to help combat an IT skills and investment shortage in Ireland, as thousands of Irish software jobs could be lost to overseas. Read more
The ESB and Vodafone have joined forces and will invest €450 million into building a 100 per cent fibre broadband network across Ireland. The companies say that its firstcustomers should be online by early next year. Read more
Social media firms have showed obvious displeasure about the revelations of surveillance by the National Security Agency but it also reveals the extent to which these companies are at least partially to blame. It has come to light in recent months that the likes of Facebook, Google and Twitter collect data from users and sell it to online marketers. Read more