Seminar focuses on building IT skills

IT@Cork is holding a seminar that plans to eliminate Ireland’s budget deficit and create jobs for the future.

One of the speakers at the forum on “eliminating the budget deficit and building the skills pipeline” on June 26 in the Council Chambers, County Hall, Cork, has claimed if this is done correctly Ireland’s economy will improve greatly.

IBM executive and chairman of it@cork Denis Collins said the IT sector had a huge amount to offer Ireland.

“If we do this right, we can help the Government to bridge the budget deficit, rebalance the economy, and create jobs and opportunities in multiple non-IT industries while also having an immediate and long-term impact on our sector and our economy. This is a win-win situation.”

He will present details of research from PricewaterhouseCoopers which will outline the opportunities that exist to allow Ireland benefit from bringing the top technology talent to our shores. There are thousands of jobs in the technology sector and if we fill them, further jobs for graduates and those unemployed can be created, said Mr Collins.

The organisers of the forum say the economic arguments behind their claims will be set out in detail by speakers. The speakers include representatives from the Irish Business Employers Federation and international leaders including Bob Savage, vice-president and general manager of EMC, and Sean O’Sullivan, managing director of AVEGO.

The aim is to ensure that indigenous companies continue to grow and expand and multinational companies continue to have access to a readily available supply of technology workers.

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