Engineer your future

Engineer your future

19 January 2017 at 11:47
 
Ahead of the first CAO deadline on Friday, 20th January at 5.15 pm, Engineers Ireland has urged sixth year students to choose science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) courses to future-proof economic growth and meet future skills demand.
 
Commenting ahead of the CAO deadline, Caroline Spillane, Engineers Ireland Director General said: “The reality is that the number of students moving into third-level engineering and technology sectors needs to be much larger to meet employers’ future needs for graduates.
 
“Students need earlier advice on the merits and life-long relevance of maths and other STEM subjects, in addition to more guidance and support so they are more likely to have an interest and develop numerical competencies. This will channel them towards third-level courses that will lead to high-value jobs, career progression and help address the skills deficit in these areas,” she continued.
 
In an effort to demystify the subject of engineering, Engineers Ireland's STEPS programme - a strategic partner of Science Foundation Ireland’s (SFI) Smart Futures Programme – encourages primary and post-primary students to explore the world of STEM, while promoting engineering as a study and career choice. 
 
Engineers Ireland's STEPS programme is calling on engineering organisations, local authorities, schools and third-level institutes nationwide to get involved in Engineers Week 2017, a seven day programme of events celebrating the world of engineering in Ireland. Taking place from 4th- 10th March, the STEPS programme team aspires to engage more than 40,000 participants during Engineers Week and will provide support for organisations interested in engaging directly with students to promote the significant contribution that engineers make to their local community.
 
To find out more about events taking place around the country or to register an event visit www.engineersweek.ie. As well as events organised by companies, third-level institutions and the public sector, teachers are also encouraged to run their own classroom-based activities, quizzes and competitions.  
 
 
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For further information please contact:
Anne-Marie Clarke, Events and Press Officer, Engineers Ireland
Email : aclarke @engineersireland.ie 
Tel: 01 6651307/ 0876920894
 
 
 
Notes to Editor:
 
About Engineers Ireland 
 
Engineers Ireland is one of the largest representative bodies in Ireland, with 23,000 engineers.  The membership incorporates all disciplines of the engineering profession across public and private industry, academic institutions and engineering students.
 
The Engineers Ireland STEPS programme encourages primary and post-primary students to explore the world of STEM while also promoting engineering as a career choice.
 
STEPS works in strategic partnership with Science Foundation Ireland on Smart Futures, a collaborative government-industry-education programme promoting STEM careers to post-primary students in Ireland. STEPS is managed by Engineers Ireland and supported by Science Foundation Ireland, the Department of Education and Skills, and a number of major engineering employers (Arup, ESB, TII and eirgrid).