Applications are now open for Engineering Your Future, a week-long programme designed to give Transition Year students a meaningful, practical insight into engineering. Over 80 per cent of 2016 programme participants said they were now more likely to consider engineering as a career or college choice
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Applications are now open for Engineering Your Future (EYF), a week-long, hands-on programme designed to give Transition Year (TY) students a meaningful, practical insight into engineering at third level and as a career.

The annual TY programme is supported by Engineers Ireland’s STEPS programme – a strategic partner of Science Foundation Ireland’s (SFI) Smart Futures initiative – and hosted by a number of third-level institutes throughout Ireland.

The programme is designed to introduce TY students to the exciting and diverse world of engineering, and to help them gain an in-depth understanding of the diversity of engineering at third level and in industry. During the programme, students will attend interactive talks and presentations; get hands-on experience with group-based activities; visit local industry and meet engineers at various stages in their careers.

“Engineers are involved in so many exciting and essential roles – they build cities, design medical devices, create entertainment products, maintain communications networks, and much much more. Without the input of engineers, many great ideas would remain fixed in the imagination and never become a reality. I would urge TY students to apply for a place on the EYF programme and learn how they can push the boundaries of innovation with further study and a career in engineering,” said Caroline Spillane, director general of Engineers Ireland.

Dr Ruth Freeman, director of strategy and communications at Science Foundation Ireland described TY as a critical point in the education pathway to third-level education.

“It is important that we encourage and inspire students to increase their knowledge and understanding of science and engineering, so that they feel empowered to consider further study in these disciplines. EYF is a practical and insightful programme for students and I would urge parents and teachers to encourage TY students with an interest in STEM to apply,” she added.

Engineering Your Future students are tracked over a number of years to monitor their educational and career journeys. 76 per cent of students who took part in Engineering Your Future in 2013 are studying engineering or a STEM subject in their first year in college this year. Over 80 per cent of students who took part in the 2016 programme said they were now more likely to consider engineering as a career or college choice.

Transition Year students interested in the 2017 programme can log on here to to apply for a place on the EYF programme in one of the many participating colleges nationwide. Applications will remain open until the end of Engineers Week, a seven day programme of nationwide events celebrating the world of engineering in Ireland, taking place from March 4 until March 10. To find out more about events taking place around the country or to register an event visit www.engineersweek.ie.

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Applications are now open for Engineering Your Future (EYF), a week-long, hands-on programme designed to give Transition Year (TY) students a meaningful, practical insight into engineering at third level and as a career. The annual TY programme is supported by Engineers Ireland's STEPS programme - a strategic partner of Science...