750 new graduate places
MORE than 750 places are to be made available on 17 new graduate skills conversion programmes in a joint Government and information and communications technology sector plan.
Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn said participation would be fully subsidised by his department.
The €4m in funding required was provided for in the budget. Pictured are Richard Bruton TD, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (centre); Peter O'Neill, President of American chambers Ireland and MD of IBM Ireland; and Regina Moran, Chair of ICT Ireland and CEO of Fujisu Ireland.
ICT Ireland and the Irish Software Association, the IBEC groups that represent the technology sector, said that the major joint industry and government plan would support jobs and growth in the tech sector.
"The technology sector in Ireland is thriving. Since the beginning of the year over 300 jobs have been announced," said Regina Moran. "This is on foot of 4,000 jobs announced in the sector in 2011."