A far cry from the last few weeks’ almost insane level of job creation, this week has been all about the other side of the job market – education and career development.
The real stories, though, came from developments in the Irish education system.
This week saw the beginning of MindRising, a digital project that utilises Minecraft as a learning tool to educate children about the 1916 Rising. It is thought that the use of computer games in the classroom can be hugely beneficial for students.
Google wants to take that one stop further, however, adding their significant weight to the growing number of organisations calling for coding to be added to the Leaving Cert curriculum.
While the Irish education system arguably lags behind in its efforts to develop the tech pipeline, it’s going from strength to strength in other STEM areas.
This week saw the finals of two robotics championships taking place. Cork’s EMC VEX Robotics competition and the First Lego League were both open to primary and secondary school students, and each saw an incredibly high level of innovation among competitors.
On the maths side of things, LearnStorm’s third annual event was launched this week. The All-Ireland maths competition will run for the next two months, and prizes to the value of €20,000 will be split among the victors.
Straddling the gap between education and the job market are internships and graduate programmes. We spoke to Jordan McVeigh who undertook a graduate programme at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and has since segued into a successful career with the finance sector firm.
In the job market itself, Hays Ireland’s recently released report into the state of SME recruitment offered a clarion call to government – change the current visa regime or the struggle for talent will become a bigger and bigger issue.
The talent gap is a huge concern in Ireland. One-third of the Irish workforce already holds STEM-related roles, but there are numerous positions – in SMEs and multinationals – that still need to be filled.
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MindRising is upon us. What does this mean? Well, schoolkids up and down the country are building their own homage to the 1916 Rising through Minecraft.
It is critical for future generations of Irish people, especially young women, that computer science and coding are added to the Leaving Cert curriculum, the head of education outreach at Google in Ireland said this week.
After a weekend in which Cork students pitted their robotic creations against one another, two schools came out victorious in the EMC VEX Robotics finals, with the winners now heading to the US finals.
The First Lego League was held last weekend, with Termin8tors, made up of schoolkids from Moycullen, Co Galway, emerging victorious.
Now in its third year, LearnStorm – formerly known as Mathletes – has officially been launched, with €20,000 on offer for the country’s best young mathematicians.
Jordan McVeigh, a participant on Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s graduate programme, never anticipated a career in the finance sector, but a few years at the global finance firm have made one thing clear – this is where he belongs.
45pc of SMEs surveyed for a Hays/ISME report would support changes to the current visa regime, such as removing the sponsorship requirement and making it easier for skilled overseas workers to seek roles in Ireland.
Ireland has seen a rapid surge in the number of people working in science and tech roles, with the proportion of the population now in these roles standing at 29pc, according to new research.
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