Employer seeks Sudoku fans
THERE are vacancies in Alistair Thacker's company -- and he reckons that fans of the popular numbers' game, Sudoku can acquire the qualifications to fill them.
"Anyone who has a logical approach to things, pays attention to detail and likes to solve problems would be well suited," said the chief executive of software company, Evolution.ie
His Dublin-based firm, which helps businesses to computerise work previously done by hand, such as filling in time sheets, is one of scores in the computing and technology sector desperately seeking employees.
There is a shortage of graduates in this area, while at the same time there are thousands of graduates from other disciplines without a job.
But how do you turn an unemployed architect or engineer into the kind of candidate these companies are looking for?
To solve this dilemma, a new graduate conversion programme has been launched by Education Minister Ruairi Quinn and Enterprise Minister Richard Bruton.
More than 750 places are being made available, free of charge, in 17 third-level colleges. Applications are being processed on bluebrick.ie
The nine-month long computing and technology courses will start in March, where graduates can top up their skills -- with a virtual guarantee of walking into a job afterwards.
The courses vary in content and can include three-month work placements.
The initiative has been warmly welcomed by industry leaders including the IDA and the US Chamber of Commerce, representing US multi-nationals in Ireland.