Earlier this month, the Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphreys T.D launched the Technology Skills 2022: Ireland’s Third ICT Skills Action Plan, setting out the priority actions to meet Ireland’s information and communications (ICT) needs over the coming years.
The action plan is set to deliver more than 47,000 graduates with high level ICT skills by 2022, announcing Skillnet Ireland as one of the leading agencies responsible for delivering the country’s crucial training needs.
One of the key measures highlighted in the action plan, is the expansion of Skillnet Ireland programmes aligned with the national framework for qualification (NFQ) by more than 1,000 over the next four years.
Skillnet Ireland, Chief Executive, Paul Healy welcomes the focus on in-employment upskilling, and believes this move will be a crucial step in advancing competitiveness and confidence in Irish-based enterprise both domestically and in global markets in the years ahead.
“For the economy to thrive, it needs a constant pipeline of talent with the necessary expertise to help shape the future of the ICT Sector. We see the launch of Technology Skills 2022 as a great opportunity to not only respond to the needs of business, but also to grow our economy by continuing to make Ireland a centre of excellence for enterprise and innovation.”
The technology skills action plan also highlighted Skillnet Ireland’s strong capacity to work closely with its business learning networks, responding flexibly and in innovative ways to meet specific ICT skill needs, providing specific programmes focused on; Animation, Robotics, GreenTech, MedTech, Electronic systems, ICT and Software.
“Last year Technology Ireland ICT Skillnet launched Ireland’s first Masters in Artificial Intelligence in partnership with the University of Limerick. This is the latest in a series of new programmes developed by this network. We also support the Women ReBoot programme which is led by Technology Ireland Software Skillnet and reintroduces experienced women on career breaks to the tech sector, where there are existing talent gaps right now.” Mr Healy added.
Additional training programmes outlined in the Technology Skills 2022: Ireland’s Third ICT Skills Action Plan, to be delivered by Skillnet Ireland, will target areas of high demand and high potential growth, including; Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Gaming, Blockchain, Internet of Things, 3D Printing, Augmented and Virtual Reality, Cybersecurity/Next Generation Security.
Technology Skills 2022 was developed through collaboration between the Department of Education and Skills and the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation, with input from the education and training sector, State agencies and industry.
Skillnet Ireland currently funds over 60+ industry representative groups, supports over 15,000 companies and 50,000 trainees annually, through training networks that deliver subsidised training to Irish businesses.
To learn information about how your business can avail of Skillnet Ireland support, please visit www.skillnetireland.ie.