FIT, Ireland’s leading ICT training association, is once again coordinating the eSkills for Jobs campaign in Ireland. FIT’s objective for the campaign is to grow awareness of the benefits of improving command of information and communication technology. The campaign in Ireland will target each key demographic, from students who are thinking about their careers, to educationalists & policymakers.
To find out more about eSkills initiatives in your country, including information about jobs and training opportunities, please visit the national website:
"I took on this role because of my sincere belief that the digital world offered a once in a generation opportunity to enhance our lives, to transform education and with it the future prospects of every man, woman and child in this country." Lord David Puttnam, Digital Champion, Ireland
|eSkills Manifesto EN|
|ICT practitioner workforce 2012 as percent of total workforce||4.1%||3.43%|
|Forecast ICT practitioner jobs 2015||74000||7503000|
|Forecast ICT practitioner jobs 2020**||78000||7950000|
|Vocational training graduates in Computer Science, 2011||75||67000|
|Score 2009/2010||Score 2011/2012||EU average|
|Individuals with high level of computer skills||22%||26%||28.52%|
|Individuals with high level of internet skills||3%||7%||13.67%|
|Individuals using the internet (last three months)||65%||75%||71.33%|
Table 1& 2: Data to be taken from Empirica country reports: eskills-monitor2013.eu/results
**Please note based on new research and analysis conducted by Forfás and Expert Group on Future Skills Needs the compound annual growth for ICT practitioner jobs in Ireland is 4.9%. This indicates that the forecast figure for 2020 of 78000 set out by Empirica is very conservative as the figure should be closer to 94000 based on the 2015 figure.
The national policy/strategy relating to e-Skills is the ICT Action Plan first developed in 2012. In line with the emerging skills gaps being identified, the Plan's key targets included doubling output of level 8 mainstream graduates by 2018, and steps to increase supply in the short term through conversion and reskilling programmes.
Significant progress has been made in meeting targets in the Plan:
The main actions within the Plan, most of which refer to the continuation of up-and running programmes, include the following:
Ireland will pilot a new dual education initiative for ICT practitioners in 2014/2015. FIT has developed this new initiative called ICT Associate Professional which combines college based learning with paid work in a related position over a 2 year period. This initiative is a partnership between FIT, The ICT Industry, The Department of Education and SOLAS.