Engineers Ireland urges public and industry to roll up their sleeves for Engineers Week 2016
26 January 2016
Budding engineers Jude Davis and Ciara Ocks with engineer Louise McGuinness
Engineers Ireland has called on schools, businesses and local authorities across Ireland to start planning and registering their events for Engineers Week 2016, which begins nationwide on Sunday, February 28, and runs until Saturday, March 5.
The week-long series of activities across the country, now in its 10th year, is a campaign held annually to promote engineering as a career and the importance of the profession to Ireland. Last year 527 events took place acrossthe country during a week that included 37,500 participants and 175 organisations.
Calling on industry to support the week with events celebrating engineering, Caroline Spillane, director general of Engineers Ireland, said: “The theme of this year’s Week is ‘Engineering Our Future’, and in this context we will aim to spark enthusiasm about the engineering profession to people of all ages, especially students and their teachers and parents. Engineering is at the forefront of innovation and during the week students will get to explore the exciting new developments taking place in the sector that will help meet the needs of a rapidly changing Ireland.
“We’re calling on the engineering industry, local authorities, third-level and schools nationally to get involved and we’re eager for everyone around Ireland to experience engineering’s incredible diversity.
“Engineering offers a potentially wonderful career that can include designing the tiniest of computer chips, devising life-saving medical technologies and building the most advanced units in a spacecraft. Engineers Week is going from strength to strength and, with this being our 10th anniversary, we are particularly keen to engage new audiences and generate new ideas that highlight the power and impact of engineering in local communities around Ireland.”
Jobs announced in wide range of engineering fields throughout 2015
Throughout 2015, frequent job opportunities were announced in a wide range of engineering fields all over Ireland to support the country’s strong economic growth, demonstrating the exciting opportunities available to young people who join the profession. More than 7,000 students also met with hundreds of volunteer engineers in the classroom last year through the STEPS school visits programme.
To find out more about events taking place around the country or to register an event log onto www.engineersweek.ie. As well as events organised by companies, third-level institutions and the public sector, teachers are also encouraged to run their own classroom-based activities, quizzes and competitions.
Engineers Week is co-ordinated on a national basis by the schools outreach STEPS team at Engineers Ireland. Engineers Ireland’s STEPS programme is a strategic partner of Science Foundation Ireland’s (SFI) Discover Programme, collaborating on the delivery of Smart Futures – a programme that seeks to promote awareness of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) careers among young people and their influencers.
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