What skills are in demand?

Skills for Science Engineering & Technology

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Did you know that SOLAS has a Skills and Labour Market Research Unit (SLMRU) who run a research programme on Ireland's skills supply and demand? The SOLAS SLMRU conducted a survey in November 2023 to gather information from Irish recruitment agencies about their difficult to fill vacancies requiring skills which are in short supply. One of the sectors where there are lots of difficult to fill vacancies is Science, Engineering & Technology. 

Science, Engineering & Technology

The Skills and Labour Market Research Unit found that 41% of employers surveyed in this sector found it difficult to fill vacancies within their organisations. Of particular note, the following skills were found to be difficult to source:

  • Software development

  • Networking engineering and dev-ops

  • Technical support

  • Data and quality analysis

  • Data science

Here at eCollege, we have a range of fully certified courses that can help you realise your career potential and meet the needs of employers in the Science, Engineering and Technology sector. We provide courses suitable for those starting out in this sector, as well as people with some experience who would like to progress. We provide certified courses in computer programming (including Python, Java, HTML, CSS, and JavaScript) as a well as a variety of courses in data science. If you’re interest lies more in hardware, we also offer a variety of courses suitable for the aspiring IT technologist – such as certified CompTIA courses and a variety of courses relating to server and network maintenance. To find out more about our course offerings, you can find our Course Catalogue here

Let’s take a look at a couple of courses offered here on eCollege that offer training in skills that are in high demand:

ICDL Coding Principles

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This course is an excellent first step in becoming proficient in computer programming. The course focuses on the fundamental principles of software development and computer programming and allows you to become an intermediate user of Python, one of the most widely used programming languages. 

Upon completion of this course, you will be awarded with a certification in coding principles from ICDL (International Computer Driving License). 

You can find out more about this course here.

CompTIA IT Fundamentals

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Our CompTIA IT Fundamentals course is an excellent option for learners who are considering a career or wish to upskill in the field of information technology, with a specific emphasis on hardware and operational management. The skills introduced in this course touch on several areas, including networking, IT systems hardware, and cyber security. 

Upon completion of this course, you will be awarded with a certification in IT Fundamentals from Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA).

You can find out about this course here.