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Engineering Firms Forced To Hire Outside Ireland Due To Skills Shortage

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The significant shortfall in Engineering and Science graduates in Ireland in recent years is forcing Irish companies to look abroad to fill vacant job positions, according to a Limerick hi-tech engineering company.

John Twomey, Managing Director of Raheen-based Emutex said: “During 2012, we have had to look overseas to fill 7 out of 10 job vacancies due to a shortage of suitably qualified professionals in Ireland. The skill level required is just not available here at present.”

“At a time of high unemployment in Ireland, it comes as a surprise to many that software companies throughout the country are forced to look abroad for people to fill job vacancies. This is simply a result of the low numbers of Secondary School students applying for college places in computing disciplines. There seems to be a genuine disinterest among young people to pursue a career in computing. Technology is everywhere in today’s world but learning about how these technologies work in a hands-on way is what will get young people excited about computing,” he added.

Mr. Twomey said Emutex is presently offering a scholarship and internship to third level undergraduate students in an effort to encourage young people to consider Engineering and Science careers.

The Emutex Software Innovator of the Year Scholarship scheme invites students to apply their expertise in software and innovation to create an application using the popular Raspberry Pi embedded device. This miniature computer used by hobbyists around the world is ideal for educational purposes and can be used to create anything from a robot to a home automation system (remote central heating and lighting).

All applicants will first submit their ideas on the Emutex website at www.emutex.com. From this, 10 finalists will be chosen. They will be given the device and any equipment they require to build a working prototype of their idea. All of these ideas will be showcased on the Emutex website and explained in simple terms so that they can be easily understood by all ages. The student with the best project will win the Emutex Software Innovator Of The Year Scholarship for 2012/2013.

Mr. Twomey explained: “There is a clear need in this country to encourage young people to pursue “Engineering and Science” in secondary and third level education to enable them for successful careers in electronic and computer software engineering. For this reason, we have launched an annual scholarship programme aimed at Third Level undergraduate students in software/computing disciplines. We will cover the winning undergraduate student’s Third Level fees for one year, as well as offer them an internship within the company.”

Mr. Twomey said he hopes the launch of the Scholarship programme will encourage other companies to offer similar programs.

Visit www.emutex.com for further information.