Still not enough technology graduates in Ireland

Still not enough technology graduates in Ireland

21 April 2011 at 00:00
Ireland’s ongoing inability to produce enough maths, science and technology graduates could gravely harm our prospects of long-term economic recovery, according to John Power, Director General of Engineers Ireland.
 
Mr Power was speaking as a major European Commission report found Ireland was failing to produce enough maths, science and technology graduates, up only 1 % between 2000 and 2008. 
 
“Last month Engineers Ireland cited the 1,200 engineering vacancies across Ireland in the pharmaceutical and biomedical sectors which companies cannot fill.  The linkage is clear.  Our education system has yet to adapt to our ambition of becoming an innovation economy.  We now have perennially poor performance in key numerical subjects such as maths which is the backbone to a career in the engineering and technology sectors. Engineers Ireland welcomes the new Government’s programme of reform in mathematics across all second level schools and its commitment to greater professional development of teachers because quite clearly the old education system, particularly with regard to maths, science and technology, is no longer fit for purpose,” said Mr Power.