Engineers Ireland urges students to consider a career in engineering ahead of 1 February deadline

Engineers Ireland urges students to consider a career in engineering ahead of 1 February deadline

29 January 2018 at 09:23
 
 
Demand for rigorously trained engineers –over 50% of engineering employers face talent supply challenges in the medium term
 
In advance of the CAO application closing-date on Thursday, 1 February, Engineers Ireland has urged sixth year students to choose engineering courses at third level to future-proof economic growth and meet future skills demand.
 
Commenting ahead of the CAO deadline, Caroline Spillane, Engineers Ireland Director General said: “2017 was a very strong year for our profession and we are very confident in further progress in 2018. In a recent survey of our engineering employers, over 79% of employers expect their business to grow further. However, over half agreed that there is an inadequate supply of engineers with the necessary skills to meet their organisation’s needs in the medium term. 
 
“The reality is that the number of students moving into third-level engineering and technology sectors needs to be much larger to meet employers’ future needs for graduates. Demand for rigorously trained and innovative engineers is buoyant, with their skills fundamental to the country’s economic growth and development. We need a steady supply of engineers, with the necessary skill set, to boost local economies, create new jobs and facilitate sustainable development. I would therefore strongly encourage students making their CAO choices to consider engineering the Ireland of tomorrow with a career in engineering.” 
 
In an effort to demystify the subject of engineering, Engineers Ireland's STEPS programme - funded under Science Foundation Ireland’s Discover Programme Call - encourages primary and post-primary students to explore the world of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), while promoting engineering as a study and career choice. 
 
Ms. Spillane added: “We must continue to inspire students at primary and post-primary levels to equip themselves with an adequate knowledge of STEM, to study engineering at third level and go on to work in the profession. Through initiatives such as Engineers Week, Engineers Ireland’s STEPS programme actively encourages students, their teachers and parents to explore the diverse opportunities a career in engineering offers."
 
Engineers Ireland's STEPS programme is calling on engineering organisations, local authorities, schools and third-level institutes nationwide to get involved in the forthcoming Engineers Week 2018, a seven-day programme of events celebrating the world of engineering in Ireland. Now in its 12th year, Engineers Week 2018 will take place from 24 February – 2 March. 
 
To find out more about events taking place around the country or to register an event visit www.engineersweek.ie. As well as events organised by companies, third-level institutions and the public sector, teachers are encouraged to run their own classroom-based activities, quizzes and competitions.