WHILE there is a growing demand for people to work in the construction industry, students are shying away from the profession in Limerick.
“LIT is mirroring what is happening nationwide as we have considerably less students doing courses in the Built Environment area than we had at the height of the economic boom. Realistically, we would need to double the current number of students starting construction courses to satisfy the demands of the industry,” said Maria Kyne, head of the faculty of Applied Science, Engineering and Technology at LIT.
Ms Kyne says it may take a number of years for parents of Leaving Certificate students and the students themselves to gain sufficient confidence that the construction sector can provide a sustainable career.
“There are a number of employment growth areas in Ireland and construction is one of them. In so far as it is possible to predict, graduates in Property Valuation and Quantity Surveying will continue to be scarce over the next few years,” she said.
“The industry is actively seeking construction graduates and we would encourage those interested in the built environment area to consider a career in construction and not to be put off by what happened in the past.
“The reality is that the economic crash influenced adversely the number of students applying for Built Environment courses.”
LIT vice-president of Strategy and External Affairs, Michael O’Connell, urged students and parents to consider their options carefully as the February 1 deadline approaches and to pick a course they have a passion for.
“It is important to get the application into the CAO. Students can change their minds afterwards but if they don’t have an application submitted for February 1, CAO charge a late application fee for applications up to 1 May,” he advised.