Master’s degrees make no difference to skill set, most employers say

Posted in Research on March 20th, 2019 by steve

“Most employers do not believe postgraduate degrees give workers an edge in terms of their skills, a new poll has suggested. Only 19% of employers said graduates with a master’s had better skills than those who did not take a postgraduate qualification, a survey from the Institute of Student Employers (ISE) revealed …” (more)

[Eleanor Busby, Independent, 20 March]

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Why tech success rates have turned around

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on March 13th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Recent headlines about high dropout rates in technology courses probably caused a wobble among some students currently considering their CAO choices. There are graduate jobs aplenty out there right across the STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) spectrum, and they are very well paid. But are they only for a select band of maths geniuses? …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 13 March]

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CAO applicants are chasing the jobs in booming economy

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 9th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“This year’s school leavers have made smart CAO choices to follow the jobs in the booming economy. A big jump in demand for courses in the Stem areas of science, technology, engineering and maths is a clear response to the wealth of opportunities for such graduates. In the fastest-growing economy in Europe, old reliables, such as teaching, law, architecture and construction have also seen a bounce in applications …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 9 March]

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Engineer’s body warns of shortage of skills in sector

Posted in Governance and administration on March 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The organisation representing engineers here has issued a strong warning about the impact a shortfall in skills within the profession will have over the coming years. Engineers Ireland said the supply of third-level engineering graduates and professional engineering apprentices is simply insufficient to meet the needs of a growing Irish society …” (more)

[Will Goodbody, RTÉ News, 6 March]

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Colleges and companies to partner on courses for ‘future economy’

Posted in Governance and administration on March 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Some 90 companies are going to partner with Irish third-level colleges in running postgraduate courses and research programmes to train students in key skills needed in the digital science, data, and information and communications technology (ICT) sectors …” (more)

[Kevin O’Sullivan, Irish Times, 5 March]

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Apprenticeships and snobbery

Posted in Governance and administration on February 23rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“In their opinion piece (Irish Times, 19th Feb), sparked it would seem by recent reports of ‘high’ dropout rates from Irish third level institutions, Ellen Hazelkorn and Tom Boland make the inevitable plea for a ‘systems approach’ to higher education and the creation of a new agency …” (more)

[An Irish Blog about Education, 23 February]

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‘Huge drop’ in literacy levels of Irish university graduates – OECD study

Posted in Research, Teaching on February 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Up to 6% of Irish university graduates are functionally illiterate, according to latest international research. These rates, contained in an OECD study, are significantly higher than in Finland (2%) or the Netherlands (3%), though are similar to the UK (7%) …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 20 February]

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Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys TD launch Technology Skills 2022: Ireland’s Third ICT Skills Action Plan

Posted in Governance and administration on February 18th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphreys TD today (Monday 18 February 2019) have announced targets to deliver more than 47,000 graduates with high level ICT skills by 2022 …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 18 February]

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90% of Working Graduates Staying in Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration on February 18th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Higher Education Authority (HEA) today (Monday 18th February) publishes the results of a survey of over 29,000 individuals who graduated in 2017 from our higher education institutions. It found that 78% of that class are now working while 14% are in further education or training, 5% are seeking work and up to 4% are engaged in other activities (eg travel) …” (more)

[Malcolm Byrne, HEA, 18 February]

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Arts graduates earn least while teachers earn most, survey finds

Posted in Research on February 18th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Young teachers earn most within months of leaving college while arts graduates take in the least, a survey of more than 29,000 recent third-level graduates has found. When broken down by type of course, education graduates – such as teachers – had the highest reported average salaries (€38,701) nine months after graduating …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 18 February]

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Employment rates for college graduates at boom-time levels

Posted in Research on February 18th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The vast majority of college graduates are opting to stay and find work at home, new figures show. Overall, some 78% of graduates from the class of 2017 were working nine months after graduating, figures not seen since the height of the economic boom …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 18 February]

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Obsession with third level a factor in construction worker shortage

Posted in Governance and administration, Research on February 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“It’s almost beyond ironic that the original home of the navvy is so short of building workers that the problem is threatening the construction of badly needed homes and infrastructure …” (more)

[Irish Times, 16 February]

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Brain drain in Northern Ireland much worse than in the Republic

Posted in Research on February 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Emigration has played a huge role in moulding the Republic, affecting all aspects of society and the economy. For most of the last century, as many bright and innovative young people left, its impact was generally unfavourable. In recent decades, however, the pattern has been rather different. While many still go, most of them come back, often enriched by their experience abroad …” (more)

[John FitzGerald, Irish Times, 15 February]

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The Leaving Cert, signalling and third level non-completion rates

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on February 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The fact that completion rates in university and IoT courses are closely correlated with CAO points has been known for some time. However, the fact that this is still newsworthy is interesting and probably has to do with the prevailing narrative, a narrative in which the Leaving Cert is deemed to be unfit for purpose and inadequate as a preparation for the rigours of 21st century higher education …” (more)

[An Irish Blog about Education, 14 February]

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Why is it so expensive to become a teacher?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The six-year route to qualifying as a second-level teacher is a long, winding and expensive road. As Ireland reaches full employment with access to quality jobs after a four-year degree programme in many disciplines, the length of teacher training with its associated costs is becoming a disincentive to entering the profession, according to experts …” (more)

[Aine McMahon, Irish Times, 5 January]

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Major multinational employers concerned at language skills of Irish graduates

Posted in Governance and administration on January 28th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Major multinational employers are concerned that Irish graduates from college and further education fall short in their ability to speak foreign languages. Satisfaction ratings with the foreign language skills of new entrants to the workforce are low among foreign-owned employers here, according to a report for the Higher Education Authority, seen by the Sunday Independent …” (more)

[Wayne O’Connor and John Walshe, Independent, 27 January]

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Third of employers hiring graduates select those from law and business discipline

Posted in Governance and administration on January 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“79% of employers based in Dublin have reported hiring Higher Education (HE) or Further Education and Training (FET) graduates in the last 24 months, according to the National Employer Survey 2018, while 86% of companies with 10 employees or more nationally reported the same …” (more)

[Brían Donnelly, University Observer, 24 January]


Education and emigration

Posted in Governance and administration on January 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – In ‘Numbers of students in higher education climbs to record high’ (News, January 18th), the Higher Education Authority claim that this will help the country meet whatever challenges it faces in the years ahead …” (more)

[Stephen O’Hara, Irish Times, 24 January]

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Minister launches results of National Employer Survey 2018

Posted in Research on January 23rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD today launched the National Employer Survey 2018. The survey, completed in Q2 2018, has shown that employers are very satisfied with graduate recruits across a range of personal and workplace attributes, including computer and technical literacy, working effectively with others and numeracy/processing numerical data …” (more, download)

[Maura O’Shea, HEA, 23 January]

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Employers rate further education graduates as highly as college graduates

Posted in Governance and administration on January 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Graduates from apprenticeships and Post-Leaving Cert (PLC) courses are rated as highly as graduates from universities and third-level colleges, according to a major new study. The findings are contained in a survey of more than 700 employers carried out last year by education authorities, which is due to be published soon …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 14 January]

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