04 Oct 2022

Transition Year students encouraged to 'engineer their future' at Dundalk IT

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Transition Year students encouraged to 'engineer their future' at Dundalk IT

Transition Year students encouraged to 'engineer their future' at DKIT

Transition Year students in Louth are being encouraged to "engineer their future" and apply for the STEPS Engineering Your Future programme at Dundalk Institute of Technology.

Taking place from 10 – 13 May 2022, the immersive work experience placement has been designed to give Transition Year students a meaningful, practical insight into engineering at third level and as a career.

Established in 2012 by Engineers Ireland’s STEPS programme – supported by the Department of Education and industry leaders Arup, EPA, ESB, Intel and Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) –  the STEPS Engineering Your Future programme has provided over 2,500 students with the opportunity to explore the engineering profession and the limitless opportunities that exist in the sector.

This year, DKIT will join 17 third level institutions and engineering organisations to host over 550 Transition Year students for the 10th annual work experience placement programme. At DKIT, students will get the opportunity to explore mechanical, civil and electronic engineering and will get the opportunity to build and programme a robot arm and take part in bridge building and surveying activities. 

Caroline Spillane, Director General of Engineers Ireland, commented: “As a knowledge-based economy and an island nation, we have a reliance on the quality and quantity of our STEM graduates.  Ireland needs a steady supply of engineers, with the necessary skillset, to boost local economies, create new jobs, facilitate sustainable development, and meet Government ambitions.

“Through the STEPS Engineering Your Future programme, and thanks to DKIT and our partners in industry and academia, Transition Year students will be afforded the opportunity to gain rewarding work experience and an insight into the limitless opportunities afforded by a career in engineering.

This immersive experience encourages students to explore a variety of engineering disciplines and also experience, first-hand, the vital role of engineers in society,” Ms Spillane added.

Longitudinal studies have shown linkages between those who participate in the programme and their course choice preference at third level, with many positively opting for a career in STEM. 

Ms Spillane continued: “With placements still available at DKIT and across the Republic of Ireland, I would encourage Transition Year students who would like to play a role in transforming society to apply for a work experience placement today.”

For more information on the STEPS Engineering Your Future programme and to apply, visit the website here.

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