Thousands of second level students are attending Ireland Skills Live today and tomorrow in Dublin's RDS. 

The inaugural Ireland Skills Live is a three day expo which aims to promote college courses, apprenticeships and traineeships that offer skills and on-the-job learning. 

It also aims to help to address the serious skills shortage identified in Ireland and help inform students, their parents, teachers and careers advisers about the exciting career paths available through such courses. 

Industry leaders attending the event to talk about career opportunities include SISK, The Designer Group, CIF, Grafton Group, Lufthansa, ESB, Failte Ireland, Sodexo, Irish Aviation Authority, Jones Engineering, Bus Eireann, SIMI, the Insurance Institute and Dublin Aerospace.

The HEA, GMIT, ETBs, TU Dublin and Solas also have strong presences at Ireland Skills Live to explain the 'Learn and earn' options to students.