Monday 25 June 2018

Shout out to budding engineers from IT Sligo

Leigh McLoughlin, Lecture in Quantity Surveying at IT Sligo assists a student
Leigh McLoughlin, Lecture in Quantity Surveying at IT Sligo assists a student

School leavers who thought the bubble had burst on a career in construction or property should think again. The recovery in the housing market has seen a bounce-back in job opportunities - and there are not enough suitably qualified graduates to fill them.

Head of Civil Engineering and Construction at IT Sligo Trevor McSharry said: "There are concerns of an emerging professional skills shortage in construction. Ireland's key professional bodies in the sector have all highlighted a shortage in graduates from construction-related courses to satisfy demand."

He added: "Career counsellors and parents and students should be aware of this important issue when students are choosing CAO courses for third level."

Medikids has also warned that the shortage of qualified graduates entering the industry could easily threaten the pace of recovery in the property and construction sector. A recent report by the society reveals that demand for quantity and building surveyors is increasing and there is likely to be a significant shortage of qualified graduates, largely due to the low numbers of CAO applications in recent years. Last month, Civil engineering activity, which includes large projects such as road building, increased for the third month in a row, and at the steepest pace since October 2006.

Trevor said:"The construction sector has undergone significant change in areas of technology and regulation. Building standards are approximately 60% better then in 2002 and are expected to increase to near zero energy levels by 2020, which is very challenging but exciting for professionals in this area. Add to that the introduction of the building control regulations in 2014.

"IT Sligo offers a range of construction related courses, which are professionally accredited and internationally recognised."

This shout out for engineering students comes ahead of Engineers Week at IT Sligo which will run from February 8th to 14th.

The Institute will host a series of events and talks throughout the week. More details on engineersireland.ie.

Engineers Week at IT Sligo will run from February 8th to 14th. The Institute will host a series of events and talks throughout the week. More details are available on engineersireland.ie.

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