Engineers Ireland STEPS Programme calls for volunteer engineers to inspire future talent pipeline

Engineers Ireland STEPS Programme calls for volunteer engineers to inspire future talent pipeline

26 September 2019 at 09:24

Volunteer workshops to take place in Dublin, Donegal, Laois, Cork, Limerick and Galway

Engineers Ireland’s STEPS team is calling on engineering professionals and third-level engineering students nationwide to inspire primary school students in their local community by volunteering for the STEPS Young Engineers Award.

The STEPS Young Engineers Award encourages third- and fourth-class pupils and their teachers to explore the world of engineering by developing an engineering project that would help to improve their local community.  Now in its second year, the competition is funded under Science Foundation Ireland’s Discover Programme Call and is supported by the Department of Education and industry leaders Arup, ESB, Intel and TII.

Engineers, whether students, graduates, professionals or retirees, are encouraged to assist with the STEPS Young Engineers Award by becoming a STEPS Volunteer Engineer. Volunteers will be linked to a school in their locality to help students with their projects and to showcase the role of engineers in their community through engagement in the classroom. 

Calling on engineers to volunteer with the annual primary school competition, Caroline Spillane, Director General of Engineers Ireland, commented: “In Engineers Ireland, we recognise our future engineering innovators who aspire to solve global issues may not even be in the engineering field yet - they may be just starting out their education journey in our primary schools.

“Through participation in the STEPS Young Engineers Award it is our hope that young girls and boys will work alongside our fantastic volunteer engineers to innovate, create and explore together to engineer real world solutions for their local community and society. Thanks to Bentley Systems’ support, we will also have a series of fantastic prizes for each winning school team,” Ms Spillane concluded.

Dr Ruth Freeman, Director of Science for Society in Science Foundation Ireland, commented: “By supporting initiatives like the STEPS Young Engineers Award through the SFI Discover Programme, we are able to engage with young people and inspire them to pursue further study and to consider a career in STEM.  Encouragement in the classroom in these formative years, and the opportunity to engage with engineers working in industry has the potential to spark a curiosity that could translate into a lifelong interest or career for many.” 

The total time requirement for STEPS Volunteer Engineers is just four hours - two hours at the workshop and two hours in the classroom during 25 – 29 November - plus travel time to the workshop and local school. Engineers Ireland’s STEPS team will support volunteer engineers throughout each step of the process by connecting the volunteer with local teachers who have requested school visits and providing resources for visits. The Engineers Ireland STEPS team will host a number of workshops in Dublin, Donegal, Laois, Cork, Limerick and Galway to prepare volunteers for classroom visits.

To find out more about volunteer workshops and to book your place, see the full list of locations below:




Eventbrite Link

Saturday, 5th October


Engineers Ireland

Monday, 7th October


Radisson Blu Letterkenny

Tuesday,  8th October


Engineers Ireland

Monday,  14th October


Clayton Ballybrit

Monday,  14th October


Clayton Limerick

Tuesday,  22nd October


Rochestown Park Hotel

Wednesday, 23rd October


Midlands Park Hotel


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