Engineers Ireland calls for Engineering Superheroes to inspire students to Dream Big and engineer th

Engineers Ireland calls for Engineering Superheroes to inspire students to Dream Big and engineer the Ireland of tomorrow

25 January 2019 at 11:28
 
  • Engineers Ireland calls on engineers and engineering organisations to get involved in Engineers Week 2019 to inspire Ireland’s future engineers
  • Call to action comes in advance of the CAO deadline of 1st February
  • Survey shows 88% of parents of primary school students and 80% of parents of secondary school students see engineering as a rewarding career choice
  • Over 6,000 new jobs predicted in the engineering sector this year
Engineers Ireland is calling on engineering firms, companies big and small, libraries, local authorities, schools and colleges nationwide to get involved in Engineers Week 2019, a seven-day programme of nationwide events celebrating the world of engineering in Ireland. 
 
Taking place from 2 – 8 March 2019, the annual event is coordinated on a national basis by Engineers Ireland's STEPS programme - funded under Science Foundation Ireland through their SFI Discover Programme -  and supported by industry leaders, Intel, Transport Infrastructure Ireland, Arup and ESB.
 
Now its 13th year, Engineers Week is a campaign held annually to promote engineering as a career and the importance of the profession to Ireland.  Engineers Week encourages primary and post-primary students, their teachers and parents to explore the exciting world of engineering as well as highlighting the diverse career opportunities engineering offers.
 
This year, the Engineers Ireland STEPS programme team aspires to bring Engineers Week to an even larger group of students throughout Ireland and will provide support, including free resources, for organisations interested in engaging directly with students to promote the significant contribution that engineers make to their local community. 
 
The call to action has come in advance of the CAO deadline of Friday, 1st February, which marks the application closing date for undergraduate courses in Higher Education Institutions. Engineers Ireland has urged sixth year students to choose a STEM related course – i.e. science, technology, engineering and maths – and particularly engineering courses to meet future skills demand and economic growth. The professional body for engineers in Ireland is also encouraging younger students, parents and their teachers to participate in Engineers Week activity.
 
Calling for increased industry support, Caroline Spillane, Director General of Engineers Ireland, said: 
“Engineers in Ireland have never been more in demand. Our recent survey of members has predicted that over 6,000 new jobs will be created in the engineering sector this year. Furthermore, a ready supply of talented engineers will also be fundamental to realising the ambitions of Project Ireland 2040. 
 
“Engineers Week will bring the fascinating world of engineering to life in communities nationwide and will inspire today’s children to engineer the Ireland of tomorrow. I strongly urge our engineering community to get involved and showcase their profession to primary and secondary students in their locality and highlight the amazing ways Irish engineers are pushing the limits of ingenuity and innovation,” she continued. 
 
Margie McCarthy, Head of Education and Public Engagement at Science Foundation Ireland, said: “Science Foundation Ireland is delighted to support Engineers Week 2019 through the SFI Discover Programme, under our commitment to make science, technology, engineering and maths accessible to all. By supporting this national initiative, we are encouraging young people to consider the science and engineering in their everyday lives, and engineers can play a crucial role in helping to inspire the next generation to explore careers in STEM. I would encourage everyone to get involved in Engineers Week 2019.” 
 
Last year, in February and March 2018, 850 events were supported by 177 organisations and attended by over 77,000 participants nationwide.  To find out more about events taking place around the country, download free resources or to register an event in your locality, 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.