Students encouraged to engineer their future on International Women in Engineering Day
22 June 2018
Saturday, June 23, marks International Women in Engineering Day, but in Ireland women remain an untapped resource with just 12 per cent of current engineering professionals in Ireland being female.
As the CAO Change of Mind deadline approaches and in advance of International Women in Engineering Day on June 23, Engineers Ireland has urged Leaving Certificate students to engineer their future and consider a career in engineering.
Huge demand for engineers of all kinds
Caroline Spillane, director general of Engineers Ireland, said: “Now, more than ever, we need to encourage young people to study engineering. There is huge demand for engineers of all kinds, from those specialising in chip design and process automation to civil to support the country’s critical infrastructure needs and successful delivery of ambitious new infrastructural and technological initiatives that have been outlined in Project Ireland 2040.
“With just 12 per cent of engineering professionals in Ireland female, women remain an untapped resource in the sector. Most of society’s biggest challenges will require interdisciplinary solutions and the combined mind-power of women and men working together.
“There is a need for a much larger and more diverse workforce and it has never been more important to inspire and encourage more young people, especially women, to study engineering at third level and to choose a career in engineering.”
A survey of Engineers Ireland members found that 86 per cent of engineers believe that parents, teachers and career guidance counsellors can do more to break down the societal barriers to girls studying engineering-related subjects.
The survey also found that more than half believed that outdated attitudes, among both women and men generally, are still obstacles to women entering the engineering sector. Conscious and unconscious bias needs to be addressed among teachers, parents and indeed wider society.
Engineers Ireland STEPS programme aims to inspire the next generation of engineering talent
The Engineers Ireland STEPS programme aims to inspire the next generation of engineering talent through a number of initiatives such as Engineers Week and school visit programmes with volunteer role models. Over the last 12 years, STEPS has engaged with more than 930,000 individuals through its outreach efforts.
On Friday, June 23, to celebrate International Women in Engineering Day, the STEPS team will host creative workshops with Designer Minds and female primary school students in Engineers Ireland’s headquarters in Clyde Road, Ballsbridge, to help inspire the next generation of female engineers.
Leaving Certificate students reviewing their CAO selection prior to the July 1 deadline are urged to check the Engineers Ireland database of accredited engineering programmes, which cover levels 6, 7 and 8, to ensure their chosen engineering course at third level meets the highest of international standards.
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