Skills event to help fill new job vacancies

Orlaith Borthwick, Regional Skills Manager Mid-West.
Orlaith Borthwick, Regional Skills Manager Mid-West.
Orlaith Borthwick, Regional Skills Manager Mid-West.

BUSINESSES in the Mid-West region are to begin addressing their most welcome challenge in decades — solving the skills needs created by the flood of inward and indigenous investment.

The campaign gets under way with a business breakfast on Thursday, December 1 at the Castletroy Park Hotel, which will focus on identifying information technology skills needs and critical shortages emerging in the region and collaboratively delivering solutions required to meet them.

The event, which is organised in association with ‘Limerick for IT’, is looking for companies across the region who are seeking to hire IT professionals over the next 12 to 24 months, be that one or one hundred people.

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According to IDA MidWest manager Niall O’Callaghan, there are more than 150 information technology jobs currently advertised on for the Mid-West Region, and more than 500 new tech jobs in companies supported by IDA Ireland this year alone.

The breakfast and workshop will give companies the opportunity to hear from peer companies and the measures they are taking to successfully deliver the skills they need to facilitate continued growth.

“It’s the Mid-West region’s time.  The region probably suffered disproportionately during the crash but the rebound over the past three years has been remarkable, with thousands of jobs created,” said Orlaith Borthwick, Regional Skills Manager Mid-West.

“We are now in a position where we have particular skills requirements that we have to meet and the IT sector is the most acute in that respect.”

People can register on on twitter at @skillsmidwest or on ‘EventBrite’.

by Alan Jacques

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