Limerick for Engineering promotes profession to students in mid-west region
09 May 2017
Limerick and the mid-west region has long been a centre of excellence for engineering, construction and manufacturing companies across a range of sectors. Never before has there been such a wide range of new and exciting careers available in engineering. These careers are in different disciplines and at many different levels such as apprenticeships, technicians, engineers along with research and development.
A key contributor to the success of these companies has been the availability of engineering graduates from the regional education and training institutions. It is the strong collaboration between industry and academia that facilitates the development of new courses to meet the future skills demands.
Two years ago, a major initiative started in the region. Limerick for Engineering is a pioneering, industry-led collaboration between leading engineering employers and education and training providers. Among its membership are some of the leading manufacturing facilities in the Limerick region including Analog Devices, Cook Medical, Optel Vision, Stryker, Takumi Precision, Johnson and Johnson Vision Care, Dell, Modular Automation and Zimmer.
This initiative also aims to address both current and future skill shortages. Engineers Ireland has signaled an acute shortage of engineers in the future and an urgent need to promote careers in engineering amongst students entering third-level courses as demand outstrips supply.
The engineering profession is the second-highest occupation growth rate, according to the latest labour-market bulletin. There are 23,200 employed within the engineering sector in the mid-west region, with an expected growth rate of 4,700 engineering jobs nationally through to 2020.
Limerick for Engineering is committed to sustaining growth for the engineering and manufacturing industry and to share expertise and resources to ensure that graduate skills are relevant to career opportunities locally. The aim is to promote the huge diversity of engineering careers and the various paths to getting your career started, whether as an apprentice, technician or engineer.
Limerick for Engineering Showcase
To achieve its goals, the Limerick for engineering team engages with teachers and secondary-school students in the region to drive awareness of the wide variety of engineering careers. The industry, education collaboration means that third-level course content is matched to what employers in the region need both now and in the future.
The annual Showcase Event, which was held this year in Limerick’s South Court Hotel on 2 May, gave CAO students, those considering enrolling in an engineering course, parents, guidance counsellors and technology teachers an opportunity to discover more about interesting engineering careers in a range of organisations in the mid west.
The free event, organised by more than thirty of the mid west’s engineering companies, along with education institutions, government, local agencies and Engineers Ireland, targeted secondary-school pupils, parents and teachers interested in learning more about further education and a career in engineering.
Paschal Meehan, head of the Faulty of Applied Science, Engineering and Technology at Limerick Institute of Technology, stated: “Engineering is for everybody. A qualification in engineering provides a career with fantastic opportunities and you can have that career here the region.”
Barry O’Sullivan, general manager at Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Ireland and vice president of the American Chamber of Commerce Ireland, said: “This initiative is all about kids – ensuring that they’re aware of the exciting opportunities that exist on their doorstep. The innovations that are being delivered globally from this region are phenomenal, from powering autonomous vehicles to sending rockets into space. The showcase gave people the opportunity to find out what it is companies do. And hopefully it will inspire some to pursue rewarding international careers right here from the mid west.”
Vivian Farrell is the chief commercial officer with Modular Automation. For more information on Limerick for Engineering, see: