IDA Ireland tells Class of 2013 students their best hopes lie in ICT industry

17 Jan 20131 Share

IDA Ireland has told Leaving Cert students about to file their CAO applications that the best job opportunities for the future will lie in ICT, digital media and language-based business courses.

IDA Ireland client companies created 12,722 jobs last year, with a significant proportion of these jobs in the ICT field.

In addition, customer and technical support roles which require IT proficiency and multilingual capability are also in demand.

IDA Ireland said Ireland’s availability of skilled labour is one of the primary reasons cited by IDA clients for establishing their operations in Ireland. The recently published IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook 2012 ranks Ireland first in the world for the availability of skilled labour.

Class of 2013: where the opportunities lie

IDA Ireland chief executive Barry O’Leary said Irish third-level institutions provide a wide variety of courses that will qualify graduates to work in companies like Google, Facebook or Apple, not to mention a growing array of start-up companies that are choosing to locate in Ireland.

Skills in engineering, computers, foreign languages and science will guarantee employment for decades to come, he said.

“There is a continuous flow of FDI into Ireland with jobs announcements from Vistakon, OmniPay and China’s Huawei in the first month of 2013 alone; this is something students should keep in mind when filling out their CAO applications,” O’Leary said.

“Ireland’s availability of skilled labour is frequently cited by company CEOs as one of the primary reasons for locating in Ireland,” he added.

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