1 May 2012
The Central Applications Office (CAO) ‘change of mind’ form which opened today (Tuesday, 1 May, 2012) is a key opportunity for school-leavers to consider science, technology, engineering or maths (STEM) based courses in third level according to Discover Science & Engineering (DSE).
The CAO announced this year that there has been an 18% increase in the number of applications by school-leavers for STEM courses, a clear indication of the growing awareness of the key areas driving the jobs of the future.
Dr. Graham Love, Director of DSE and Director of Policy and Communications at Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) said: “The science and technology related sectors in Ireland are thriving with continuing growth in employment and offer good long-term employment prospects. The direction of government policy and the continuing flow of inward investment have to be seen as positive indicators for the future. This is best illustrated by the announcements in recent days from Cisco and Amgen – two varied examples of a trend that has been consistent in Ireland through even the most challenging of recent years, proving that there is a sustainability to these key sectors. ”