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Major Digital Skills Deficit in Growth Sectors, says Leading Educator and Entrepreneur

By Anne Sexton - Last update


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Improving digital skills among existing workers, as well as new graduates, will be crucial to maintain Ireland’s competitive edge. That’s according to Paul Dunne, CEO and Founder of Digital Skills Academy.

Digital technology outpacing staff skills

“Staff in a number of key sectors in this country – such as banking, finance and telecommunications – will need to upskill for the future” he says. “There is a risk that the digital technology now widely used in these industries elsewhere in the world is outpacing the existing expertise of Irish staff in corresponding sectors.”

The Government has highlighted fintech in particular as a target growth sector for the Irish economy. There is plenty of startup activity in this area. However, those working in the financial services sectors could contribute more if they had greater levels of digital capability.

“This is only natural,” says Dunne. “Figuring out how to get ahead without falling behind in the process is a challenge for anyone already in full-time employment.”

The importance of improving digital fluency also extends to Ireland’s aspiring workforce. Nearly half of employers cite lack of digital skills as the biggest knowledge shortfall when hiring graduates.

 


Anne Sexton

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