Sign up for our volunteer workshops

Sign up for our volunteer workshops

15 October 2012 at 14:24

Are you interested in volunteering with the Engineers Ireland STEPS programme? Why not attend a volunteer workshop in your area to find out more about our school visits programme?

Volunteer workshops are taking place now and over the coming months around the country. The workshops aim to provide support to our volunteer engineers, who are needed to go out to local schools to talk to students about what it's like to be an engineer. Some 700 schools have already registered for a visit, and we need hundreds of volunteers to meet the demand.

We've held two workshops so far and are busy planning more upcoming events: three workshops are already scheduled for the next few weeks and we will run more events wherever there is demand -- in companies or local venues – so get in touch now to register your interest or request a workshop in your area.

The next three workshops will take place in:

    Cork, River Lee Hotel, 18th October, 11am-1.30pm
    Dublin, Engineers Ireland building, 2nd November 11am-1.30pm
    Dublin, South Dublin County Council, 6th November, 11am-1.30pm

Email us now to sign up for these workshops, or to register your interest in attending a workshop in another location.

Why attend?

The workshops are an opportunity to find out more about the STEPS volunteer programme, meet your peers, and share communication tips before going into the classroom.

It's also a chance to find out about the many supports we offer our volunteers – from our school presentation pack to acting as a liaison between volunteer and school. You can even sign up to do a school visit on the spot, leaving us to make all the arrangements for your visit.

In the two workshops held to date, participants told us they enjoyed meeting each other, learning more about the STEPS programme, and sharing ideas and tips for communicating with students. There was also fun to be had with some make & do activities suitable for primary schools.

We had 15 attendees at our Dublin workshop in late September, including many Engineers Ireland Sector representatives, some of whom travelled a great distance to attend. In early October, a second workshop was held in Tullamore; 16 people came to the event, which was hosted by the Engineers Ireland Midlands Region committee.

In coming weeks and months we plan to run workshops in companies and in local venues around the country, so get in touch to find out more or to request a workshop in your area. (We'll run events wherever we have a minimum of 10 volunteers. Workshops last approximately 2.5 hours.)

Email us now to register your interest or find out more details about our volunteer workshops