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Good opportunities for IT graduates in Ireland

Published: Tuesday, 24 June 2008   Category: Science, IT and Engineering

IT graduates in Ireland should have substantial work opportunities, as the country is struggling to fill all the available positions without recruiting from overseas.

According to a new report from the Expert Group of Future Skills Needs (EGFSN), a new scheme is needed to retain foreign IT graduates after they complete their studies in Ireland.

The challenge is "three-fold", chairperson for EGFSN Anne Heraty says, as the organisation needs to increase the supply of IT graduates, improve the skills of those in the sector and continue to attract employees from overseas.

"[Irish] graduates alone will not meet the projected supply of highly skilled computer electronic engineers and we will have to work to ensure that through re-skilling and migration we meet those demands," she remarked.

She added that Ireland should aim to bolster its reputation as a place for highly-skilled IT workers.

EGFSN is a body appointed by the Irish government to advise on education and training.

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