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The Regional Skills Fora  exist to support industry’s skills needs. They do this by gaining insights into various sector’s skills needs and support the education and training providers better respond to these needs. The sectors profiled here are sectors where there are identified skills shortages and are sectors of strategic importance to the economy.

While there are other sectors offering good career prospects, the sectors featured here are often not well understood and need to be better promoted. These sectors offer tremendous career opportunities and are dependent upon more learners pursuing education in engineering, life sciences, ICT and business disciplines.

Subject choices at second level strongly influence future career opportunities. Please use these resources to better understand the careers that they promote.

Salary Scales …

Agriculture / Food
Ireland’s Agri Food Sector  has developed to be a very sophisticated and responsive sector meeting the nutritional needs of European consumers who are considered amongst the most discerning and exacting consumers in the world.
The relentless growth of world population and the growth in affluence across many continents as well as the challenges imposed by climate change have combined to make the agri food sector a most dynamic and evolving sector.
The 139,600 Irish family farms produce a variety of food which is marketed by a myriad of small artisan to very large companies all over the world.
The sector offers a vast array of career opportunities including
– Farming, food production
– Engineering / manufacturing
– Science / food production
– Quality control / assurance
– Marketing and sales locally and globally – across multiple platforms
– ICT / Systems development and support roles
– Business roles – accountancy, finance, treasury,
Ireland is seen internationally as a leader in sustainable food production and the sector offers a myriad of interesting and rewarding career opportunities.

Courses in Agriculture – there are many courses available at several levels.

Agri Food Video here

Careers in the Agri-food sector in Ireland here …

Factsheet on the Irish Agriculture and Food & Drink Sector here …


Engineering Your Future – Parent and Teacher Guide You’ll find engineers in almost all industries, from aviation, agriculture and space to healthcare, manufacturing and software – and everywhere in between.

Engineering Your Future – Student Guide An engineering qualification offers a chance to do interesting work with interesting people, enhance people’s lives, and explore almost unlimited career opportunities.

Engineering Your Future – Your guide to engineering at third level and as a career.  Engineers take ideas and turn them into reality, using science, maths and imagination. Engineers are masters of problem-solving and creative design.

Women in Engineering This is a poster on the role of women in Engineering in modern times.

Search for graduate jobs, training schemes and placements on gradirelend site …

Search for graduate jobs, training schemes and placements on gradireland site …

Engineering Video

Courses in Engineering …

Graduate Careers in Engineering

Working in Engineering …

Engineers Week – is a week-long festival of nationwide events celebrating the world of engineering in Ireland. The annual event is coordinated on a national basis by Engineers Ireland’s STEPS programme – a strategic partner of Science Foundation Ireland’s (SFI) Smart Futures Programme.


Demand For Skills – The construction industry is a vital sector of the Irish economy. It is responsible for providing the housing, social and productive infrastructure required to sustain economic growth and competitiveness and attract foreign direct investment. It is one of the most labour-intensive forms of economic activity and thus is also an important contributor to job creation as well as long-term productivity.

Construction Training Programmes – The Construction Industry Federation (CIF) is the leading provider of Construction Training courses for the construction industry in Ireland. Our training courses have been devised to meet the needs of the Irish construction sector, informed by those working on the frontline of the Irish construction industry.

Courses in Construction …

Graduate Careers in Construction  and Property

Building Careers for the future 25th January 2018  National Event to showcase careers in the modern Construction Industry. Careers in Construction, a major event showcasing the many vibrant and exciting career options for young people across the Construction Industry and Built Environment.


Working in Technology – There are so many different careers within the technology sector, from software development, to cybersecurity, medical devices to gaming and robotics.

Courses in Computing …

Graduate Careers in Technology

Some Facts about the ICT Sector …

What is STEM? …

Working in Maths …

Working in Technology …

Pharma / Biotech
Hospitality & Tourism

A Career in Tourism Information on all aspects of a Tourism Career

Tourism and Hospitality are major players in Ireland’s efforts to move beyond what has been a difficult economic situation. Click here for more information …

Hospitality, sport, leisure and tourism. Search for graduate jobs, training schemes and placements here…

Hospitality Recruitment – Recruiting for Ireland’s Hospitality industry – Hotels, Spas, Fine Dining Restaurants, Travel & Tourism. Whether you’re a hospitality or tourism professional seeking new career challenges or an employer of these with staff vacancies to fill, Hospitality Recruitment is the place to look for jobs and candidates in the hospitality, travel and tourism industry in Ireland.

Tourism Video

Courses in Tourism … Hundreds of educational opportunities here

Welcome to Tourism Insight Ireland – launched 2016, by its Co-Founders (Natasha Kinsella, Dublin Regional Skills and Mary Rose Stafford, Institute of Technology Tralee supported by Fáilte Ireland, Irish Hotels Federation, Irish Hospitality Institute and THEA. This free interactive online programme developed to inform learners about tourism and to promote it as a career of choice. Since its launch over 270 2nd level Schools/Youthreach have already participated representing over 4,500 TY/LCA students.

The programme provides valuable tourism insights to transition year students and other learners, informing them of career options within the tourism industry.

Tourism is everybody’s business and every interaction with a tourist is an opportunity to make them feel welcome and we want everyone to understand the value of tourism and of every tourist.
Financial Services
Vacancy Data
Vacancy by sector

Between quarter 4 2011 and quarter 4 2016, the vacancy rates increased across all sectors, excluding transportation/storage and the information and communication sector (rates remained unchanged) and construction, which declined by 0.5 percentage points (Figure 3.8). The largest increase occurred for professional activities which saw an increase of 1.4 percentage points.

Key Indicators of vacancy trends 2016 …

Recruitment agencies data 2016 …

Vacancy Overview 2016

The Vacancy Overview 2016, produced by the Skills and Labour Market Research Unit (SLMRU) in SOLAS, draws on data from newly advertised job vacancies in the following sources: DSP Jobs Ireland and, the CSO’s QNHS and Job Vacancy data, SOLAS’s Recruitment Agency Survey, Employment Permit data, and job announcements in the media. Its objective is to identify skills for which there is currently a demand in the Irish Labour market.