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Frequently Asked Questions

What date will applications open for 2021 programmes?

Applicatons will open in January 2021.  If you would like to be notified by email when the registrations open, please sign up to our list at the bottom of the page.

Who can apply /Who is eligible for the EYF programme?

In order to apply for the STEPS EYF 2020 programmes you must be a current Transition Year student, permanently resident in Ireland.

Can 5th year students apply?

Unfortunately, STEPS Engineering Your Future is for Transition Year students only. Applications will not be accepted from 5th year students.

What programmes are available?

Please follow this link to see the list of available programmes.

Please read the information below before completing your application

What will I need before completing the application form?

  • Your (student) contact details including your own email address
  • Parent/carer contact details which must be different to your student email address
  • TY Coordinator contact details.
  • A 200-word statement describing your reasons for wanting to attend a STEPS Engineering Your Future Programme.

Why do I need my own email address (student).

Email is our favourite form of communication, it’s our primary way for communicating with you, your parents/carers and teachers. You need to apply with an email address that belongs to you, we recommend you use a Gmail address. Please don't use a shared email account, such as your parent's email address. The address you use is your official email address in our system, and we will use it to send you important information. 

Please note if you sign into Survey Monkey Apply for your application using your google account it will automatically assign the name on your account which may not be your actual name and may cause confusion at a later stage.

Important information

  • Applications will not be accepted from parents, carers or teachers.
  • All programmes will take place during business hours. 
  • There are no evening events.
  • All students are responsible for their transportation to and from the programme.
  • There are no overnight events and no accommodation included in the programme.

What are the selection criteria?

STEPS is not involved in selecting the students to attend individual programmes. This decision is made by the STEPS EYF Programme coordinators and canvassing will disqualify.  Students are asked to submit a short (200 word) report stating why they would like to attend the programme.

How much does it cost?

  • Students attending DEIS schools are not charged for any of the programmes. Programme costs depend on the programme.
  • For third level programmes – a 3 Day programme costs €15, a 4 day programme costs €20 and a five day programme costs €25.

Why is there a charge?

The programme incurs costs such as administration, preparing activities etc..

What will happen on a typical EYF Programme?

The EYF Programmes take place over 3, 4 or 5 days.  For 2021, all programmes will take place online only. Programmes will include interactive talks, virtual labs, workshops and more. Programmes will run for approximately 2-3 hours per day in sessions of approx 45 minutes to One hour. Full schedules will be sent to all who are accepted on a programme in advance of the dates.

Application process

When will I hear back after my application?

We will send out a notice after the application stage is closed to let you know when you can expect to hear about the programme. Usually first round offers to the programmes are sent out within a month of applications being closed and then second round offers will be a few weeks later.

Am I guaranteed to get an offer on a programme?

No, unfortunately not, the STEPS EYF programme are usually all oversubscribed. However we do keep a waiting list for programmes

How do I accept an offer?

You will get an offer via email with full instructions on how to accept your offer. The process involves filling in an acceptance form, ensuring your TY Coordinator and Parent/Guardian also fill in short online forms and making a payment where applicable.

How do I decline an offer?

If you have received an offer and do not wish to attend you will need to log in and choose ‘I will not be accepting my place’ or alternatively email steps@engineersireland.ie to let us know you will not be attending.

List of programmes

What is the list of programmes for STEPS EYF 2021?

Details of all programmes for 2021, including dates, can be found here.  


Contact the STEPS team
To get in touch with the STEPS team please call (01) 665 1340