The Engineers Ireland STEPS Programme is a non-profit outreach scheme that promotes interest and awareness in engineering as a future career to school students through a portfolio of projects. STEPS is funded by Science Foundation Ireland, the Department of Education and Skills and has four industry sponsors including ARUP, ESB, Intel and TII.
The core programme includes:
Engineering Your Future is a week-long, hands-on programme for Transition Year students designed to introduce them to the exciting and diverse world of engineering. Hosted by a number of colleges and companies around the country, the Engineering Your Future programme provides a week of exposure to the various engineering disciplines.
Attending students gain a meaningful, practical insight into engineering at third level and as a career - interacting with lecturers and graduates, taking part in workshops and meeting engineers during industry visits. The programme opens for application in January and runs in April/May each year depending on the college/ university.
The time spent by volunteers involved with any STEPS activity is considered to be part of their Continuous Professional Development. A volunteer will be able to claim hours for all time that they commit to any activity, including preparation, training and follow up.