Shortage of Engineering and Surveyor graduates now of 'critical concern' for Ireland's future.
The lack of graduates from construction-related courses has become a 'critical concern' for Ireland's future, according to engineering and surveyor representative groups.
The Association of Consulting Engineers of Ireland (ACEI), Engineers Ireland, and the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI), Ireland are seeing a substantial deficit in engineering graduates to meet the future demand of the construction sector.
| "At current rates, Irish graduates will only be able to fill half of the new roles expected to be created by 2019"
Speaking about the shortage, Engineers Ireland director general, Caroline Spillane, said that prospective students were scared away in a similar fashion to those taking computing courses in 2001. “In 2001 when the dot com bust occurred, prospective third level students did not choose computing courses on their CAO applications and four years later there was a shortage. It is forecasted that in 2017 only 38 civil engineers will graduate in Ireland which is a direct consequence of the construction crash.“
“Civil, electrical, technological and construction-related engineering skills are in great demand to meet the requirements of our growing economy and to deliver on the Government’s capital plan which includes major development of infrastructure and housing over the next six years and beyond” she said.
SCSI director general, Patricia Byron, said that at current rates Irish graduates will only be able to fill half of the new roles expected to be created by 2019.
“Based on a conservative forecast of economic growth up to December 2019, over 2,000 new jobs are expected to be created across the surveying profession, split evenly across construction and property roles. Looking at current student enrolments on surveying courses, there will only be enough Irish graduates to fill half of those positions” she said.
Calls for more graduates from the construction sector come ahead of the closure of the CAO online application facility at 1st July 2016.
The CareersPortal Team