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Expert Group for Future Skills Needs - Together for Design

10 June 2020 

The Expert Group for Future Skills Needs Publishes Together for Design

Together for Design: Digital, Product and Strategic Design Skills of the Future.

Design is an important driver of economic growth, integral to both industry and society. It adds strategic value, creative thinking and innovation from the earliest stages of development through to the final delivery of products and services. The meaning of design has evolved greatly over the past century and, with the fourth industrial revolution, it is evolving again.
The 2017 predecessor to this report, Winning by Design identified three major types of design as important for Ireland’s economic success:

  • Digital design;
  • Product design; and
  • Strategic design.

Together for Design builds on this foundation, forecasting the need for digital, product and strategic design skills over the years 2020 to 2025. The report finds that by 2025 occupations in digital, product and strategic design could see a growth between 21,000 to 33,000, accounting for 2.8% of all jobs in Ireland. Programmers and software professionals are anticipated to account for the majority of additional jobs. In contrast to this demand, around 1,300 students graduate annually with relevant skills from Higher and Further Education in Ireland.

See the potential for the design sector and play your part.   Download and view the full report here