According to Technology Skills 2022: Ireland’s Third ICT Skills Action Plan there are going to be 72,864 ICT Jobs openings in Ireland by the year 2022. To reach even 70% of this, Ireland needs an additional 5,000 graduates with high level ICT skills every year. The Higher Education Authority reports computing courses have a dropout rate of almost 50% - students undertaking a Computer Science degree were taking a shot in the dark and hoping for the best.
Access to Computer Science as a Leaving Certificate subject allows more students to become aware of the careers available to them in the future, helping also to fill the skills gap. Unfortunately, until more second-level schools roll out Computer Science, the building of this much needed talent pipeline is reliant upon multiple parties coming together to provide support to schools, their staff and students.LCCS E-bulletin 2_compressed