Young people needed for 10,000 marine jobs

The Expert Group on Future Skills Needs (EGFSN) has advised the Government to upskill younger workers to support the 10,000 new jobs the marine economy will create by 2020.

EGFSN chair Una Halligan warns that the sector’s potential may be hampered by a lack of awareness about possible careers. Openings are set to emerge for operatives and low-skill roles, up to professional and engineering roles in marine renewable energy and maritime monitoring.

Ms Halligan said: “With our position on the western periphery of Europe, facing the Atlantic Ocean and its energy resources, our deep water ports and our 7,500km coastline, Ireland is well-placed to capitalise on the growing potential of the global marine economy and create sustainable jobs in the coastal regions. However, an important aspect will be the co-ordinated effort on the part of all the marine sectors to raise awareness of the excellent and rewarding careers in the sector and attracting people to the opportunities available.”

Some 16,155 people are employed in Ireland’s marine economy in its marine and coastal regions.

The roles are spread across the key sectors and straddle the full range of occupations from managerial and professional to operatives, including engineers, marine biologists, maritime lawyers, environmental scientists, naval architects, technicians, crane operators and fish filleters.

The ENGSN’s report estimates that Ireland can create up to 16,900 job opportunities by 2020, arising through expansion and replacement demand with around 10,000 owing to growth of the marine economy.


Lifestyle

I see that a website describes the call of Canarian cory’s shearwaters as ‘waca waca’. It’s a mad, hysterical call, uttered when the parent birds arrive to feed their nestlings.Cory’s shearwaters show long-distance qualities

Is it too much to hope that an important public health matter, such as Lyme disease, will be an issue in the general election? There’s been a worrying reluctance by the authorities to face up to the extent of the disease here.Facing up to Lyme disease

A paper published in Current Biology examines the extinction of a colourful little bird which, until recently, thrived in the eastern US. With the appalling environmental catastrophe enveloping Australia, home to 56 of the world’s 370 parrot species, this account of the Carolina parakeet’s demise is timely.Trying to save the parrot is not all talk

The recent rescue of a trawler 20km north of Fanad Head in Co Donegal gave us a glimpse of the enormous seas that occasionally strike that part of the coast.Islands of Ireland: Inishbeg Island begs the question

More From The Irish Examiner