Siliconrepublic.com is dedicating news, reports, videos and interviews this February to how Ireland can ensure it meets the digital skills challenge.
While the recession has hit much of Irish industry badly, the IT sector is continuously growing.
In 2011, IDA client companies generated 13,000 jobs, with the ICT, life sciences and digital media sectors making up a major share of this figure.
Many of the world’s top multinational companies are located in Ireland, including Google, Microsoft, Facebook, EMC, HP and Dell, and indigenous Irish technology companies are attracting global attention.
One of the biggest challenges facing the IT sector is the demand for more people trained in digital skills. According to Enterprise Ireland, there are now 2,500 vacancies in the IT industry in Ireland, which seems incredible considering the high levels of unemployment.
If the Irish IT industry wants to meet its potential, it needs to train more people in the skills and qualifications needed to boost the sector. That’s why Siliconrepublic.com is running Skills February, a month dedicated to covering what needs to be done to bridge the digital skills gap.
We’ll be talking to industry and academic leaders on what skills are most in demand in the sector and what can be done to tackle the skills gap. We’ll also be running features analysing where the gaps are and why, and we’ll be reporting the latest news pertaining to digital skills.
Siliconrepublic.com is hosting Skills February, a month dedicated to news, reports, interviews and videos covering a range of topics on the digital skills debate.