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Volunteer Engineers

The STEPS Volunteer Engineer Programme is a nationwide community of engineers who want to inspire young people as an engineering role model. 

The programme aligns with the STEPS Young Engineers Award. Our Volunteer Engineers visit a class taking part in the competition to listen to the student’s engineering project presentations and to tell the class about their lives as an engineer.

Volunteering is a great way to give back. Yes, it is challenging, but it is very rewarding. Meeting an engineering role model, and getting encouraging feedback, is one of the most impactful ways for young people to gain confidence and make more informed choices. It’s also a great, and meaningful, way to gain CPD credits! 

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Get Involved

All our volunteers must attend one of our annual online STEPS training sessions that are held in September. At this session you will hear the latest information on the programme, understand how to comply with our Child Safe-guarding policy and you will meet (virtually) your fellow Volunteer Engineers. 

You can attend training with no obligation; you can choose to opt in or opt out of volunteering at any point.

To volunteer with STEPS, you must be:

  • A qualified engineer, studying engineering at third level or currently employed in an engineering role
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Willing to attend a mandatory 2-hour STEPS training session

Sign up to training

Last year our online training sessions sold out! This year we have seven training sessions (1.5 hours long) scheduled for the week of 13 September. Pick the one that suits you best and sign up!

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STEPS Young Engineers Award Role Description

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Click on the image to download a PDF of the STEPS Young Engineers Award Role Description.

Support and resources

Once you have signed up online and have been accepted as a STEPS Volunteer Engineer you will receive a Volunteer Pack.

This includes:

  • A customisable Power Point presentation for your class visit
  • Online app to support matching you with your preferred school
  • Tips on communicating with a young audience
  • NEW FOR THIS YEAR: A fantastic ‘Story-telling for Business’ Lunch and Learn from the LIR Academy!

Structure of the visit

The school visit is typically 1.5- 2 hours. The majority of the visit will comprise the students’ STEPS Young Engineers Award project presentations.

(Please note: you will not be asked judge the projects or presentations – only give encouraging feedback to the teams on their work.)

In the training session you will find out all the details on how to structure the visit and you will receive our digital Volunteer Pack with all the necessary resources once you sign up to visit a school.

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Contact the STEPS team
Call the STEPS team on (01) 665 1340