DIT’s property graduates in demand

DIT’s findings support those of recent SCSI Employment Report that highlighted a shortage of suitably qualified graduates to fill available roles in construction & property sector

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DIT has been educating Ireland’s Real Estate & Construction Professionals for over 50 years and according to Alan Hore, Assistant Head of School: “Our students are in great demand at present. On average I am receiving 8-10 job enquiries from industry per week looking for suitably qualified graduates.”

Indeed, a recent survey published by the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI) has highlighted that there is currently a shortage of suitably qualified property graduates to fill available roles in the property sector. The survey also found that a shortage of graduates with surveying qualifications in construction will materialize by the middle of this year.

The SCSI said that while employment in the property and construction sectors fell by 56% between 2007 and 2011 - with the construction sector hit hardest - employment in both sectors is returning to growth and is likely to increase in the coming years. The key elements in the shortfall is the huge drop off in graduates enrolling on property and construction courses after 2007 and a recent pick-up in activity levels in both sectors, especially property.

Some of the key results of the SCSI ‘Graduate Employment Trends in Construction and Property Surveying’ include:

  • 86% decline in CAO applications for property courses since the peak
  • 66% decline in the number of CAO applicants for construction courses since peak
  • SCSI members reporting increased expectation of activity due to €2.2bn construction stimulus plan in mid-late 2013

Tom Dunne, Head of the School of Real Estate & Construction Economics, DIT said. "The recent experience of our graduates getting work reflects the findings of this SCSI report. During the past year many surveying and property graduates had secured employment in their chosen industries before they had even graduated college.”

For more information on the programmes on offer in the School of Real Estate & Construction Economics at DIT, please see attached DIT RECE Brochure.

DIT College of Engineering & Built Environment, Bolton Street is also hosting an Open Day on 20th April, 2013.

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