The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphreys T.D. have announced targets to deliver more than 47,000 graduates with high level ICT skills by 2022.
Technology Skills 2022 is Ireland’s Third ICT Skills Action Plan. It aims to meet Ireland’s needs for graduates skilled in computing and electronic and electrical engineering to support and drive economic performance over the coming years.
The ambitious targets in the plan will increase the total number of graduates with high-level ICT skills by more than 5,000 every year by 2022.
Some of the measures to grow graduate numbers include:
- Expanding the number of graduates from mainstream computing and electrical and electronic engineering courses in higher education from 4,220 to 4,830 by 2022.
- Expanding the numbers of relevant Skillnet Ireland programmes which are aligned with the NFQ by more than 1,000 by 2022.
- Providing new options to embed high-level ICT apprenticeships within the education and training sector to attract more than 1,000 new entrants per year by 2020.
- A high-level ICT reskilling pathway to provide opportunities for up to 2,750 people from diverse backgrounds between 2019-2022.
Programmes will target areas of high demand and high potential growth, including Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Animation, Gaming, Blockchain, Internet of Things, 3D Printing, Augmented and Virtual Reality, Cybersecurity/Next Generation Security.
Launching the action plan at Pramerica in Letterkenny, Co Donegal, Minister McHugh said: “Our ability to produce, attract and retain graduates with high-level ICT skills is vital to our future economic performance.
Technology Skills 2022 sets out a programme for co-operation between the education and training sector and industry which will ensure that we have the skillsets in place to drive development both within the technology sector and, given the fundamental nature of technology, across the wider economy.”
The Expert Group on Future Skills Needs (EGFSN) report found that the demand for high-level ICT skills are forecast to grow, driven by strong market demand and the spread of digitalisation across all sectors of the economy.
The number of job openings for high-level ICT professionals is set to reach 18,000 a year by 2022.
ICT Sector in Ireland
The ICT sector is of vital strategic importance in Ireland, both in terms of the numbers of highly skilled professionals employed and its significant contribution to export performance, accounting for more than €35 billion per annum. Skills growth in the sector has been supported to date by two ICT Skills Action Plans dating 2012-2014 and 2014-2018. Actions under these plans have resulted in the delivery of more than 7,400 high-level ICT graduates, and the attraction of more than 4,000 skilled individuals from outside the EU/EEA, on an annual basis.
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