Students encouraged to engineer their future on International Women in Engineering Day

Students encouraged to engineer their future on International Women in Engineering Day

22 June 2018 at 11:07
 
As the CAO Change of Mind deadline approaches and in advance of International Women in Engineering Day tomorrow, Saturday 23rd June, Engineers Ireland has urged Leaving Certificate students to engineer their future and consider a career in engineering.
 
Caroline Spillane, Director General of Engineers Ireland, said: “Now, more than ever, we need to encourage young people to study engineering. There is huge demand for engineers of all kinds, from those specialising in chip design and process automation to civil to support the country’s critical infrastructure needs and successful delivery of ambitious new infrastructural and technological initiatives that have been outlined in Project Ireland 2040.  
 
“With just 12% of engineering professionals in Ireland female, women remain an untapped resource in the sector. Most of society’s biggest challenges will require interdisciplinary solutions and the combined mind-power of women and men working together.  There is a need for a much larger and more diverse workforce and it has never been more important to inspire and encourage more young people, especially women, to study engineering at third level and to choose a career in engineering”  Ms. Spillane continued.
 
A survey of Engineers Ireland members found that 86% of engineers believe that parents, teachers and career guidance counsellors can do more to break down the societal barriers to girls studying engineering-related subjects. The survey also found that more than half believed that outdated attitudes, among both women and men generally, are still obstacles to women entering the engineering sector. Conscious and unconscious bias needs to be addressed among teachers, parents and indeed wider society.
 
The Engineers Ireland STEPS programme aims to inspire the next generation of engineering talent through a number of initiatives such as Engineers Week and a school visit programme with volunteer role models. Over the last 12 years, STEPS has engaged with over 930,000 individuals through its outreach efforts. Today, to celebrate International Women in Engineering Day, the STEPS team will host creative workshops with Designer Minds and female primary school students in Engineers Ireland’s headquarters in Clyde Road, Ballsbridge to help inspire the next generation of female engineers.  
 
Leaving Certificate students reviewing their CAO selection prior to the July 1 deadline are urged to consider a career in engineering and to check the Engineers Ireland database of accredited engineering programmes, which cover levels 6, 7 and 8, to ensure their chosen engineering course at third level meets the highest of international standards. Students can view Engineers Ireland’s list of accredited programmes by visiting: http://www.engineersireland.ie/membership/cao-engineering-courses.aspx