Editorial: CAO data bears good tidings for recovery hopes
THE Central Applications Office data about applications for third-level college places always makes for interesting reading. Those columns of figures bring us the future hopes and dreams of our young people and also tell us about what kind of skills and expertise will be available to the Irish economy half a decade from now.
The latest figures carried in today's Irish Independent are no exception. They tell us that news of a recovery in the stricken building sector is reaching our secondary schools, with youngsters showing a new-found interest in construction-related courses.
The numbers expressing a first choice interest in a degree course in built environment has more than doubled from 133 in 2013 to 312 this year. Similarly, there is a 15pc increase in the numbers of students selecting architecture as their first choice.