ETBs Can Respond to ICT Skills Shortages
At today’s launch by FIT (Fast track to IT) of the ICT Skills Audit 2014, which highlighted the 7000 vacancies that currently exist in the IT sector, Michael Moriarty, General Secretary of ETBI (Education and Training Boards Ireland) confirmed that the Further Education sector will be working collaboratively with FIT to address the IT skills shortages. Mr Moriarty said:
The Further Education sector has a key role to play in the regeneration of the Irish economy. There has been too much focus on advancement to third level, while there remains a vast shortage of skilled personnel at the competent skills level (levels 5 and 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications), as this audit highlights. The IT industry has identified ETBs (Education and Training Boards) as strategic partners to collaborate in re-skilling and upskilling jobseekers to meet the very significant skills deficit in the IT sector. Our member ETBs will now work closely with the IT sector to provide the skilled personnel needed at these levels.
ETBI also welcomes the new ICT Associate professional qualification which is to be immediately piloted, as this will provide a branded and professionally respected qualification for these levels of IT skills.