- Datapac has invested €1.5M in the initiative to date
- Programme now being extended to second level schools – currently being piloted
- Datapac work placement programme aims to help close the IT skills gap and is calling for greater collaboration between the Irish education sector and the technology industry
Enniscorthy, 23rd April 2018 – Datapac, Ireland’s leading technology solutions and services provider, today announces that 150 students have now participated in its work placement programme since it launched in 2004, and that it is launching a new initiative for transition year students. Datapac is also calling for greater collaboration between the Irish education sector and the technology industry to help close the growing IT skills gap.
Datapac first launched its work placement programme in 2004 and has invested €1.5 million in supporting the initiative to date. During this time, it has established strong links with a number of leading third level institutions around the country, including Waterford IT, IT Carlow, IT Tallaght, University of Limerick and NUIG. The programme is open to both graduate and undergraduate students, and offers continuous on-the-job development as well as the opportunity to work with the latest technologies and applications.
The 150th student to be recruited as part of Datapac’s programme is Eric Maloney, who is studying for a BSc in Information Technology Management at IT Carlow. Commenting on his role at Datapac, Eric said: “The practical work experience that I have received at Datapac has been really invaluable and rewarding. It’s given me a much deeper understanding of what it’s like to work in this fast-paced industry, and learn about real-world situations and customer interactions. It’s given me a much clearer vision of the career I want to pursue.”
Launching the work placement programme into secondary schools is the next step in Datapac’s strategic approach to IT skills development, and part of a long-standing CSR programme that seeks to alleviate youth unemployment in its local communities. It is initially being rolled out to schools close to Datapac’s main offices in Dublin and Enniscorthy. Students will be placed on one of two specialist paths that the company has developed, providing practical, hands-on experience of both the technical and business aspects of the industry. Mentors will be assigned to every student to provide ongoing training and development.
Professionals from Datapac will also visit transition year classes in participating schools to provide practical advice about building a career in the technology sector.
Karen O’Connor, general manager service delivery, Datapac; and Eric Maloney, a BSc student of Information Technology Management at IT Carlow and the 150th student to be recruited as part of Datapac’s programme.
Karen O’Connor, general manager service delivery, Datapac, said: “Datapac has long been dedicated to closing the IT skills gap and addressing youth unemployment in Ireland. We believe it’s vital that young people are encouraged towards STEM careers, which can offer so many exciting opportunities and rewards for people from all backgrounds. Encouraging students to consider working in the tech sector was one of the primary reasons for launching our work placement initiative which we continue to invest significantly in.
“We’re very excited to extend this programme to transition year students as we look to make an impact at second level too. Our aim is to provide students with a positive experience and hopefully inspire them to consider STEM subjects for the Leaving Cert, as well as further studies and potentially a career in this sector.
We believe that greater collaboration and engagement needs to happen between schools, universities and the technology industry so that young people in Ireland have the opportunity to learn a wider range of relevant skills before joining the workplace. We also welcome other initiatives that will help to widen the available skilled pool for the growing tech sector. It’s in all of our interests to ensure Ireland remains competitive and becomes a true digital leader. “
Datapac is Ireland’s leading ICT solutions and services provider. Established in 1982, it has been at the forefront of technology innovation in Ireland for the past three decades.
With offices in Dublin, Wexford and Belfast, along with service locations throughout Ireland, Datapac provides service to leading organisations nationwide. Datapac’s comprehensive range of technology and service offerings include managed services and ICT support, cloud services , unified communications, managed print and document solutions, network, storage and virtualisation solutions, business continuity and IT security.
Datapac partners with many of the leading global technology companies, holding advanced levels of accreditation.
Datapac’s in-depth knowledge and expertise allow it to independently and effectively manage customers’ evolving technology needs. Taking a unique partnership approach, Datapac’s success has been built on a continuous commitment to ‘making life easier’ for its customers. For further information, visit www.datapac.com