Minister Donohoe Officially Launches Engineers Ireland Strategy 2017 – 2020

Minister Donohoe Officially Launches Engineers Ireland Strategy 2017 – 2020

11 January 2017 at 20:09

Engineers Ireland: a community of creative professionals delivering solutions for society

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Mr Paschal Donohoe T.D, formally launched Engineers Ireland Strategy 2017 – 2020 among gathered guests at an event in the organisation's headquarters in Clyde Road this evening. 

Engineers Ireland Strategy 2017 - 2020 sets out the organisation’s vision, strategic objectives and key deliverables to be pursued and has resulted from considerable consultation with diverse stakeholder groups, encapsulating a range of key themes which will define future success. 

Engineers Ireland’s new vision statement ‘a community of creative professionals delivering solutions for society’ is intended to guide and inspire the organisation into the future.  A significant focus was also placed on developing a set of values to apply to the wide network of volunteer members and staff who work within the organisation, representing a commitment to ensure that all activities are underpinned by four core values:

Progressive - we constantly innovate and apply new approaches for the benefit of all

Community - we encourage participation and team work 

Trustworthy - we always act with integrity in our dealings with all stakeholders

Excellence - we are committed to excellence in everything that we do

At the launch event, five new strategic goals were introduced by Director General, Caroline Spillane. The strategic goals will be central to organisation’s day-to-day work and their achievement will be central to the realisation of Engineers Ireland’s overall vision and mission. The goals, detailed below, highlight how the organisation will maintain and improve the quality of its core services and functions and meet the significant new challenges over the next three years.

1. Build the profile and enhance the status and reputation of the engineering profession. Continue to advance Engineers Ireland as its leading expert voice 

2. Support and grow our membership and collaborate with them to enable their professional progression both in Ireland and abroad. Encourage and educate the future generations of engineers

3. Ensure the standard and competence of our members is regarded as world class. This will be supported by implementing our CPD policy

4. Support and develop our people through developing a culture of leadership, learning and performance excellence

5. Maintain the financial integrity of Engineers Ireland and develop high performing systems and processes focused on our members

A revised mission statement was also announced by Ms Spillane at the launch event: “Engineers Ireland is an organisation that enables the engineering community to progress their professional development, make an impact on society and encourage and educate the future generations of engineers”.

Commenting at the launch of Engineers Ireland Strategy 2017 – 2020, Dermot Byrne, President of Engineers Ireland said: “Engineers Ireland has changed a lot in the past 180 years and we need to continue to adapt to ensure we maintain our relevance to the profession, to the economy, and to the broader society.  The next phase of our organisational development will make Engineers Ireland the dynamo in a community of creative professionals who are making real and long-term solutions for society.”

Caroline Spillane, Director General of Engineers Ireland echoed Mr Byrne’s sentiment and said: “While our organisation adapts to the complex world around us, some things won’t change. We acknowledge that our continued success will be contingent on our ability to adapt and shape our services to address the needs of our members and act as the strongest and most effective voice for engineering in Ireland and beyond.

We will maintain our commitment to supporting and celebrating the dedication of our volunteer members who make an invaluable contribution to their profession. We will also continue to work hard to retain the confidence of industry, academia, the media, government, the public and all the organisations we work with. It’s only by working together in collaboration with the engineering profession and industry partners that we will be able to achieve our ambition to improve society and encourage and educate future generations of engineer”, she continued.

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