Engineers Ireland calls for sixth year students to choose engineering courses at third level
- Over 6,000 new jobs predicted in the engineering sector this year
- 94% of the engineering employers see the shortage of engineers with the right skills as the main barrier to business growth
- 79% of Irish adults believe engineering is a rewarding career choice for young people
Engineers Ireland has called for sixth year students to choose engineering courses at third level to future-proof economic growth and meet future skills demand. The call to action has come in advance of the CAO deadline of Friday, 1st February, which marks the application closing date for undergraduate courses in Higher Education Institutions.
Caroline Spillane, Director General of Engineers Ireland, said: “Our recent survey of members has predicted that over 6,000 new jobs will be created in the engineering sector this year. However, 94% of engineering employers surveyed see the shortage of engineers with the right skills as the main barrier to business growth. The reality is that the number of students moving into third-level engineering and technology sectors needs to be much larger to meet employers’ future needs for graduates.”