Over 1,500 secondary school students, teachers and parents attended the annual Institute of Technology Carlow Open Day on November 9.

Among the many activities taking place on the day was the inaugural IT Carlow/SCSI Built Environment schools debate. Teams from eight secondary schools debated the motion ‘Women should be incentivised to enter the construction industry’. CBS Enniscorthy won first place with a colourful and thoughtprovoking argument for the motion. Pupils from Colaiste Bhride, Carnew, were runners up.

Shane McCullagh, Secretary of the Society’s South Eastern Committee said:

“The subject of the debate has opened up research into careers in construction among secondary school students”.

Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland, South East had a stand at the Open Day, at which recent SCSI research on graduate employment prospects was distributed. This research indicates that there will be a much improved demand for construction graduates from 2013 onwards.

The full version of this report can be downloaded from www.scsi.ie/gredreport.