Engineers Ireland director general, Caroline Spillane, looks back at a successful 2016 and discusses some opportunities for the organisation in 2017, along with initiatives that are already in place for the year ahead

As we head into the festive season, I wish to extend my very best wishes to all our members.  This year has gone by incredibly quickly, and I am left to reflect on the great successes of 2016 and the opportunities that lie ahead in 2017. It’s set to be a busy and interesting year already!

Our service offering, and its continued development to meet your requirements, is empowered by our growing 23,000 members. Your membership enabled us to accomplish so much this year. We have grown our comprehensive existing services such as CPD training, publications and events, while complementing them with new initiatives in advocacy activities, research programmes and sector developments.

We also continued to raise the profile of the profession and we hope to continue highlighting all aspects of life that require an engineer’s talent again in 2017 and remain the trusted and influential voice of engineering in Ireland.

Looking back on 2016

As we look back on our successes of 2016, including the annual State of Ireland Report, Annual Conference and AGM, we must also focus our celebrations on the work of our volunteer members. Much of the impact we make is because of the continuing contribution and efforts by the very many volunteer members who so generously give their time and energy to our organisation.

More than 73,000 students, teachers and parents directly interacted with an engineer role model through the STEPS programme in 2016. During Engineers Week 2016, our annual festival of engineering, 571 events took place nationwide, engaging 43,537 participants including primary and second-level students, teachers, parents, industry and the general public. This effort by our volunteer members is hugely appreciated and we hope to have your support during Engineers Week 2017.

Sadly, 2016 was also marked with great sorrow. We lost some dear friends and members throughout the year and we think of their families and friend at this time. We are extremely grateful the contributions they have made to both Engineers Ireland and the engineering profession.

Looking forward to 2017

In 2017, with your continued support, we will commence delivery of our 2017-2020 strategy.  Engineers Ireland’s Strategic Plan 2017 – 2020 sets out our vision, strategic objectives and key deliverables to be pursued. It details a careful approach to expansion with initiatives and actions that will drive an increase in members, thus improving our relevance, influence, diversity, service offering and impact in the wider community.

As of January 1, 2017, Engineers Ireland Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Policy will come into effect. This new policy will require members of Engineers Ireland to undertake 35 hours of CPD and to record those CPD activities online using ‘My CPD’, an online tool designed to allow members to record and track their CPD activities.

The introduction of this policy will allow both our members and Engineers Ireland to demonstrate to employers, clients and the public the continuing upskilling, enhancement of competences and pursuit of excellence by Irish engineers and technicians.

Our aim is to help our members demonstrate to consumers and the industry that they are committed to the highest standards of professionalism and integrity. All non – student members, no matter what job role they hold or industry they are working in, will be unified by meeting our annual CPD standard.

Our weekly Events Brief highlights a number of events and the range of CPD opportunities we offer – from formal training courses and seminars to the vast range of free CPD provided in our evening lecture programmes and social events organised by our regional branches, engineering divisions and societies throughout the country. I would encourage all our members to look out for this email and get involved in events happening throughout the country in 2017.

Sincere thanks

To the Officers, Council, Executive Board, those who work with various committees and boards throughout the organisation and staff, I extend very sincere thanks for your efforts. We look forward to 2017 with confidence.

On behalf of everybody at 22 Clyde Road, I wish you a happy, safe and healthy Christmas and prosperous 2017. O'RiordanNewsCPD,Engineers Ireland,engineers week,STEPS
As we head into the festive season, I wish to extend my very best wishes to all our members.  This year has gone by incredibly quickly, and I am left to reflect on the great successes of 2016 and the opportunities that lie ahead in 2017. It’s set to...