Microsoft to highlight domestic ICT skills shortage at careers event

One of the world’s biggest companies is hosting a careers event in Dublin this month that will highlight Ireland’s skills shortages.

Microsoft to highlight domestic ICT skills shortage at careers event

Despite an unemployment rate of over 14%, the country still has to import staff from abroad to fill vacancies in information and communications technology (ICT) as well as multi-language sales.

Microsoft Ireland is hosting Career Reboot at its campus in Sandyford, Dublin on Saturday, concentrating on cloud sales.

Martin Cullen, small and medium business director of Microsoft, said: “The role of the sales professional has been re-invented in recent years. While a number of factors have contributed to this change, in the technology sector one of the key catalysts has been the growing demand from businesses for cloud services.

“Sales people are no longer asked to do a one off deal with a customer — they are now selling a service rather than a product and this is something that requires a significantly different approach and skill set.

“Over the past couple of years, our Microsoft partner network has highlighted that the lack of availability of people with the right skills has restricted their ability to grow their business. To help address the challenge, we have worked closely with education providers to help develop curricula that will give people the skills which will enable them to walk into a job.

“I would encourage anyone interested in securing a role in a dynamic and growing industry to come to Microsoft on Saturday next to talk to the companies recruiting as well as the colleges providing courses,” he concluded.

Microsoft is partnering with the Higher Education Authority and a number of academic institutions funded through the Government’s ICT Skills Programme to assist with the design and running of the conversion courses. Career Reboot attendees can meet with up to 13 Microsoft partner companies to discuss available roles and they will be able to apply for the conversion courses on the day.

Ronan Stafford, CEO of Codec-DSS, said: “Career Reboot is a gateway for people interested in a career in the IT industry — particularly in the specialised area of cloud sales. As a provider of computer systems and services to organisations across Ireland, we are actively searching for highly trained sales professionals who understand our customers’ need for complete end-to-end cloud solutions. All the courses on offer have been designed with industry in mind, so participants will be primed to walk into a job. Those who participate will work with a company during their training with a view to securing a full-time position upon graduation from the course.”

Tom Boland, CEO of HEA, said: “The demand for cloud sales staff reflects a major national skills shortage in the technical products sales and senior roles in IT B2B sales, which was identified in the National Skills Bulletin 2013 research document produced on behalf of the Expert Group on Future Skill Needs.

“Working closely with Microsoft we have responded quickly to the needs of industry and are funding courses through Springboard and ICT Skills Conversion that will equip people with the skills that are in demand from industry.”

* For more information on the Microsoft event, visit www.careerreboot.ie

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