Intel and Engineers Ireland launch new partnership to support STEM skills development

Intel and Engineers Ireland launch new partnership to support STEM skills development

25 February 2019 at 13:59

Intel Ireland and Engineers Ireland have launched a new partnership to foster STEM skills development in Ireland, it has been announced.

The strategic partnership between the innovative technology company and the professional membership body for engineers in Ireland will focus on encouraging and inspiring the next generation of engineering talent in Ireland by collaborating on the Engineers Ireland STEPS programme, the only national full-time STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) outreach programme with a focus on engineering.

The STEPS programme aims to encourage and educate future generations of engineers by supporting industry and community leaders to engage with primary and secondary school pupils through a number of hands-on workshops and programmes. These core initiatives include:

  • Engineers Week (2– 8 March), a campaign held annually to promote engineering as a career and the importance of the profession to Ireland
  • The Young Engineers Award, a competition for 3rd and 4th class pupils to find Ireland’s next generation of engineering talent
  • Engineering Your Future Programme, providing Transition Year Students with an immersive experience amongst engineering academia and organisations
  • Engineering Girl Guides and Brownie Badges, an initiative developed with the Irish Girl Guides.

Speaking about the new partnership, Ann-Marie Holmes Vice President of Intel’s Manufacturing and Operations Group and Factory Manager at Fab24, said: “At Intel, engineers are at the very heart of everything that we do. The products that we make, and the technologies in the world around us that those products enable, would simply not exist without the ingenuity, creativity and dedication of engineers. We are delighted to embark on this new strategic partnership with Engineers Ireland to further boost the pipeline of STEM talent in Ireland and to ensure that both girls and boys are provided with the opportunity to engage in all that the world of engineering has to offer. We are particularly proud to support the STEPS programme and the encouragement it provides in the class room in the early years of education – this is a vital part of building the foundations of a lifelong interest or a career in STEM”.

Caroline Spillane, Director General of Engineers Ireland, said: “With our recent survey of members indicating that over 6,000 new jobs will be created in the engineering sector this year, engineers have never been more in demand in Ireland.  From cutting edge research to design, an organisation like Intel employs engineers who are problem-solving and innovating on a daily basis, so we are very pleased to team up with such an important creative partner to further build awareness of the fantastic career prospects in the STEM area, particularly engineering, and to meet future skills demand to support economic growth in Ireland.”

Ireland is Intel's centre of manufacturing excellence in Europe.  Since 1989, Intel has invested $13.9 billion in Ireland, turning 360 acres of the Collinstown Industrial Park in Leixlip into the most advanced industrial campus in Europe.  With over 25,000 members, Engineers Ireland is the voice of the engineering profession in Ireland.  Established in 1835, it is one of the oldest and largest professional bodies in the country.  Engineers Ireland members come from every discipline of engineering, and range from engineering students to fellows of the profession.