Short courses can be best way address ICT skills shortage

Micro qualifications can allow people to upskill quickly and address market needs

Data science and blockchain are two areas where many people will be needed in the short to medium-term future

The solution to Ireland’s ICT skills shortage lies in ‘micro qualifications’ – training courses that will allow people to upskill without needing to commit to a full-time degree.

That’s according to Mary Cleary, general secretary of the Irish Computer Society, who said that while there will always be a role for the traditional academic undergraduate degree, it’s important that education reflects the changing nature of the world.

“There is a skills shortage at the moment ...