Graffiti Recruitment, an IT and technology recruitment specialist has opened a new office in Belfast as part of a growth program to enable the company to hire for specific IT jobs and bridge the current gap between skills facing the province.
Research suggested 1/4 jobs in the IT and technology market are not being filled. The firm is aiming to address this issue by tapping into rich IT resources. Graffiti Recruitment recognizes the growing opportunities for IT in Northern Ireland, which is part of the entrepreneurial community-based at Innovation Factory on the Springfield Road, Belfast.
Tackling this issue, Graffiti has begun working with the education sector’s outreach groups to ensure children are well informed on career choices at an earlier age.
“Twenty or 30 years ago, young people were influenced a lot more by their parents, who often encouraged them to aim for jobs such as doctors, nurses, teachers, professions that were considered ‘good jobs’ before the onset of the internet and technology boom,” MD Julie McGrath said. “As a result, we now find there is a shortage of IT and technology professionals – a sector which is growing rapidly, and offers exciting career prospects.
“We are delivering various programmes that with help educate and influence children on the current jobs trends and developments in technology.
“Knowing what jobs are available and how the marketplace will develop over time will help open their eyes to jobs that are in demand.”
The firm as already advised 15-16-year-olds, McGrath said there was a need t help educate children from as young as 6 or 7.
“Recognising and encouraging children’s interest in STEM subjects from an early age will allow them to be well informed as they develop through their education and into employment.”