As the CAO Change of Mind deadline approaches and with International Women in Engineering Day in mind, Engineers Ireland has renewed its call for Leaving Certificate students to engineer their future and consider a career in engineering.

Students reviewing their CAO selection prior to the 1 July deadline are urged to consider the limitless career opportunities a career in engineering offers and to check the Engineers Ireland database of accredited engineering programmes, which cover levels 6, 7 and 8, to ensure their chosen engineering course at third-level meets the highest of international standards.

Commenting in advance of the CAO deadline, Caroline Spillane, Director General of Engineers Ireland said: “It has never been more important to inspire and encourage more young people, especially young women, to study engineering at third-level and to choose a career in engineering.

“Our recent survey of members has indicated that over 6,000 new jobs will be created in the engineering sector this year. While this demand is positive, engineering employers are facing an acute shortage of available talent to take up these employment opportunities. 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,” Ms. Spillane continued.
With females accounting for just 13% of last year’s engineering graduates and as part of their International Women in Engineering Day campaign, the professional membership body for engineers in Ireland has placed a renewed emphasis on encouraging young women to consider a future career in the profession.

“There is a growing interest in STEM among young women, but as we saw from our recently published Engineering 2019 report, men still greatly outnumber women at each stage of engineering higher education and apprenticeships. It is incumbent on teachers, policymakers, parents and us all in industry, to play our part in building further awareness and interest in STEM, and particularly engineering, as a creative and diverse profession among female students,” Ms Spillane concluded.

Denise Maguire
Irish Construction Industry Magazine