Engineering firm looks overseas for engineering and science graduates
A hi-tech engineering firm has claimed companies are being forced to look abroad to fill vacant job positions due to an ongoing shortfall in Engineering and Science graduates in Ireland.
The shortage of suitably qualified professionals in Ireland has in recent years led to the majority of positions at Emutex Ltd being filled by overseas applicants, the company said.
"What is clear is that innovative thinking and continued growth in the tech sector are key to increased competitiveness, a recovering economy and more opportunities translating into more jobs," explained Joe Gibbs, Chief Operating Officer, Emutex.
Mr Gibbs added: "Like many in the technological sector in Ireland, Emutex’s continued growth and success is heavily dependent on a continuous supply of innovative and talented graduates in the Computer Engineering and Science field."
"However, many job vacancies are still being filled by overseas candidates due to the shortage of suitably qualified professionals in Ireland."
Mr Gibbs' comments coincide with the launch of the 2013/14 Emutex Scholarship and Internship Programme.
The embedded software solutions firm based in Limerick’s National Technological Park, says the aim of the programme is to encourage and reward innovative thinking in young people considering a career in computing and encourage others to study Computer Engineering, and Science helping to meet a steadily increasing demand within the sector.
Mr Gibbs said: "We must continue to promote Computer Engineering and Science in secondary and third level education and enable our young people pursue rewarding careers in electronic and software engineering."
"We were delighted with the response received last year and as a result we have decided to continue with it for 2013/2014. The winning undergraduate student's Third Level fees will be covered for one year, as well as the opportunity of an internship within the company," he added.