Rugby ref Joy blows whistle for start of midwest’s engineering showcase
29 January 2018
Joining Joy Neville were Ben Kelly, Keiran Burke, Helen Brown, Pascal Meehan, Philip Corby, Denis Doyle, John Davenport, Marie Kyne, Gillian Barry and Frances Hardiman.
Already breaking down stereotypes on the sports field, International World Rugby Referee of the Year Joy Neville joined forces with Limerick for Engineering at the launch of its annual mid-west showcase, to encourage more young women into the field of engineering.
The Mid West Limerick for Engineering Showcase 2018 will take place on March 1, at Shannon airport, and offers secondary school students, guidance counsellors, parents and teachers an opportunity to meet more than 30 midwest companies (indigenous and multinational); view their most cutting-edge technologies, witness demonstrations by their full-time engineers and receive first-hand information about this ever developing career path.
Representatives from Limerick Institute of Technology, the University of Limerick, the Limerick Clare ETB will also be on hand to outline the various courses and routes that are available to students, and provide information on interesting engineering careers in the midwest.
In its fourth year, the free showcase is the brainchild of the Limerick for Engineering consortium – an industry-led collaboration between 30 leading companies in the midwest; the region’s education providers, and IDA.
Lending her support to Limerick for Engineering’s objectives, former rugby international and now referee Joy Neville, said she was delighted to support an initiative that not only works to further develop a highly skilled and well paid sector in the midwest, but also actively encourages young women into this exciting and lucrative career.
“Limerick for Engineering’s purpose is to increase the quantity and quality of engineering talent in the region, while encouraging more women into the sector. There is no reason why women should not make up 50 per cent of the engineering sector in Ireland, and this showcase opens up the various engineering career possibilities to all school leavers – male and female, their parents, and guidance counsellors.”
‘Engineering is for everybody’
“Engineering is for everybody,” said Paschal Meehan, head of the Faulty of Applied Science, Engineering and Technology at LIT and chairperson of Limerick for Engineering. “The recent significant success in delivering jobs to the region means that 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 and specialisms such as apprenticeships, technicians, engineers along with research and development.”
Barry O’Sullivan, Johnson & Johnson Vision, & Mid-West Chair, American Chamber of Commerce added: “A career in engineering is a career in the midwest.
“There are 23,200 employed within the engineering sector in the region with an expected growth rate of 4,700 engineering jobs nationally through to 2020. The engineering profession is the second highest occupation growth rate, and we are keen to support that growth with a well paid and skilled workforce.
“For anyone with an interest in engineering as a career the Mid West Limerick for Engineering Showcase 2018 is an event not to be missed.”http://www.engineersjournal.ie/2018/01/29/sharing-joy-engineering-career-mid-west/http://www.engineersjournal.ie/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/limerick-engineering-launch.pnghttp://www.engineersjournal.ie/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/limerick-engineering-launch-300x300.pngNewsLimerick,Limerick IT,STEM,university of limerick