Transition Year Applications Now Open For Engineering Your Future

Transition Year Applications Now Open For Engineering Your Future

02 February 2017 at 10:31
TRANSITION YEAR APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN FOR ENGINEERING YOUR FUTURE 
 
  • Applications now open for Transition Year students to apply for Engineering Your Future
  • Over 80% of students who took part in the 2016 programme said they were now more likely to consider engineering as a career or college choice
  • 76% of students who took part in Engineering Your Future in 2013 are studying engineering or a STEM subject in their First Year in college this year
 
Applications are now open for Engineering Your Future (EYF), a week-long, hands-on programme designed to give Transition Year students a meaningful, practical insight into engineering at third level and as a career.
 
The annual Transition Year programme is supported by Engineers Ireland's STEPS programme - a strategic partner of Science Foundation Ireland’s (SFI) Smart Futures initiative – and hosted by a number of third-level institutes throughout Ireland including: University College Dublin, Dublin Institute of Technology; DĂșn Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology; Institute of Technology Tallaght; Institute of Technology Carlow; Cork Institute of Technology;  Waterford Insitute of Technology; and Institute of Technology Sligo.
 
The programme is designed to introduce Transition Year students to the exciting and diverse world of engineering, and to help them gain an in-depth understanding of the diversity of engineering at third level and in industry. During the programme, students will attend interactive talks and presentations; get hands-on experience with group-based activities; visit local industry and meet engineers at various stages in their careers.
 
Commenting on the Transitition Year Programme, Caroline Spillane, Engineers Ireland Director General, said: “Engineers are involved in so many exciting and essential roles – they build cities, design medical devices, create entertainment products, maintain communications networks, and much much more. Without the input of engineers, many great ideas would remain fixed in the imagination and never become a reality. I would urge Transition Year students to apply for a place on the EYF programme and learn how they can push the boundaries of innovation with further study and a career in engineering.”
 
Dr Ruth Freeman, Director of Strategy and Communications at Science Foundation Ireland, said: 
“Transition Year can be a critical point in the education pathway to third-level education. It is important that we encourage and inspire these students to increase their knowledge and understanding of science and engineering, so that they feel empowered to consider further study in these disciplines. EYF is a practical and insightful programme for students and I would urge parents and teachers to encourage Transition Year students with an interest in STEM to apply.” 
 
Engineering Your Future students are tracked over a number of years to monitor their educational and career journeys. 76% of students who took part in Engineering Your Future in 2013 are studying engineering or a STEM subject in their First Year in college this year. Over 80% of students who took part in the 2016 programme said they were now more likely to consider engineering as a career or college choice.
 
Transition Year students interested in the 2017 programme can log on to http://steps.ie/engineering-your-future  to apply for a place on the EYF Programme in one of the many participating colleges nationwide. Applications will remain open until the end of Engineers Week, a seven day programme of nationwide events celebrating the world of engineering in Ireland, taking place from 4th - 10th March. To find out more about events taking place around the country or to register an event visit www.engineersweek.ie. 
 
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Notes to the Editor:
 
Engineering Your Future Success Rate:
 
After taking part in Engineering Your Future 2016:
82% of students said the programme met or exceeded their expectations 
97% would recommend EYF to a friend
83% said they were now more likely to consider engineering as a career or college choice
 
EYF students are tracked over a number of years to monitor their educational and career journeys. Students who took part in EYF in 2013 are now in First Year in college: 
76% are studying engineering or a STEM subject
67% applied to study at the same college where they attended EYF
 
 
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.
 
About Engineers Ireland STEPS programme:
 
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.