Engineering Your Future registration open in five third level organisations
22 January 2016
Engineering Your Future (EYF) registration has opened in five third level organisations. EYF is a week-long, hands-on programme for Transition Year students who have an interest in science and maths. It is designed to introduce them to the exciting and diverse world of engineering.
Hosted by a number of colleges around the country, the Engineering Your Future programme provides a week of exposure to the various engineering disciplines. Attending students gain a meaningful, practical insight into engineering at third level and as a career – interacting with lecturers and graduates, taking part in workshops and meeting engineers during industry visits.
The programme, supported by STEPS and hosted by a number of third-level institutes throughout Ireland, offers Transition Year students the opportunity to:
- Gain a better understanding of the skills required of engineers and the career opportunities available to qualified engineers.
- Learn about the disciplines and technologies making up the exciting world of engineering.
- Meet engineers at various stages in their careers and hear about their experiences.
- Gain an in-depth understanding of the diversity of engineering at third level and its subject content.
- Experience what engineers do on a daily basis through industry visits.
In 2015, seven third-level institutes took part in the programme: UCD, DIT, CIT, IT Carlow, Athlone IT, IT Tallaght and University of Limerick. The colleges taking part in 2016 include:
- Carlow Institute of Technology (ITC) – EYF, May 9-12; REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
- Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) – EYF, May 16-20; REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
- Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) – EYF, May 9-13; REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
- University College Dublin (UCD) – EYF, May 16-20; REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
- Waterford IT (WIT) – EYF, May 16-20; REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
- Galway-Mayo IT – registration opening soon
- University of Limerick – registration opening soon
- IT Tallaght – registration opening soon
Places are limited, and the application process is competitive. In terms of students surveyed who took part in EYF 2015, 100 per cent said they would recommend the programme to a friend.
The suggested format for the EYF week is:
- A five-day event, usually from 9am to 4pm;
- A defined schedule for the week, to include interactive talks and presentations; hands-on, group-based activities; visits to local industry; and some social elements;
- Coordinated interaction with engineering faculty, with potential to include lecturers, graduates, administrative staff, current students.
It’s recommended that colleges secure internal support in the following areas:
- A key contact in the engineering department to co-ordinate and manage the week;
- Support from each engineering school; it’s suggested that each school lead an activity;
- Assistants – Masters or PhD students who can help out on the ground during the week.
Support from STEPS
STEPS can provide support in the following areas:
- Seed funding;
- Advice on how to develop, implement and evaluate the week;
- Marketing and promotion of the week to our database of teachers and parents;
- Registration and payment processing;
- Evaluation of the programme and long-term tracking of student participants;
- Assistance with arranging industry visits.
Selection of students is at the discretion of the college. Students must meet certain criteria, specified by the college. Registration is hosted on the STEPS website. A list of applicants is sent to the college by the STEPS team. Once students are selected, they are invited to book and pay a small fee through the STEPS online booking system.
Full details are available from Darren Cannon on the STEPS team at Engineers Ireland firstname.lastname@example.org 01 665 1307
Engineering Your Future student testimonials
“I found it a brilliant learning experience and will definitely recommend it to anyone looking to do engineering”
“Great experience and really helpful in choosing college courses”.
“I hope to study engineering in a few years and the week confirmed this for me as I think that engineering is so diverse, innovative and interesting.”
“I learned a lot, enjoyed myself, and made friends.”