Leaving Certificate students urged to choose an Accredited Engineering Programme in advance of 1 Jul

Leaving Certificate students urged to choose an Accredited Engineering Programme in advance of 1 July deadline

28 June 2019 at 12:06
  • CAO Change of Mind deadline is Monday, 1 July at 5:15 pm
  • Accredited engineering courses are internationally recognised
  • Ireland’s current and future economic and infrastructural needs require a drastic increase in the number of third-level engineering graduates
  • Almost all (94%) engineering employers consider a shortage of experienced engineers to be a barrier to growth – and 48% expect this situation to get worse in the year ahead

Students reviewing their CAO selection prior to the Monday, 1 July Change of Mind deadline are urged to consider the limitless opportunities a career in engineering offers and to check the Engineers Ireland database of accredited engineering programmes, which cover levels 6, 7,  8 and 9, to ensure their chosen engineering course at third-level meets the highest of international standards.

Engineers Ireland, the professional membership body for engineers in Ireland, accredits over 100 CAO courses across the diverse disciplines of engineering within Ireland’s Higher Education Institutes.

Engineers Ireland’s Registrar Damien Owens commented: “An engineering degree offers a passport to the world. Engineering courses that we accredit are internationally recognised, encouraging travel and the exchange of ideas and experience, enriching our profession.

 “Each course that has been accredited is subjected to a rigorous process of evaluation. Ensuring that you have selected an accredited course means that your chosen engineering course at third-level meets the highest of international standards," Mr Owens added.

According to findings from Engineers Ireland’s Engineering 2019 report, almost all (94%) engineering employers consider a shortage of experienced engineers to be a barrier to growth – and 48% expect this situation to get worse in the year ahead.

The barometer report highlighted that in 2017, there were 3,865 graduates from Level 7 and Level 8 engineering courses in Ireland, representing a 1% increase since 2016. However, this also represents a 15% decrease over the past five years.  A particular cause of concern is the five-year trend in Civil & Building Engineering, graduates of which have dropped from 1,494 in 2012 to 669 in 2017, down 55% in five years.

Mr Owens added: “Ireland needs a steady supply of engineers, with the necessary skillset, to boost local economies, create new jobs, facilitate sustainable development and the meet Government ambitions, such as those outlined in the Climate Action Plan.

“However, 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 and meet the growing needs of society," he concluded.

To view the Engineers Ireland database of accredited CAO courses, visit: http://engineersireland.ie/membership/cao-engineering-courses.aspx