Career opportunities in the engineering industries in the Mid-West will be showcased at an event in Limerick next week.
Thirty of the region’s top companies, along with educational institutions, local, and government bodies have collaborated to stage the event in the South Court Hotel at Raheen tomorrow week at 7pm.
Over 1,200 people, including many second-level students in senior classes, attended the Limerick for Engineering event last year.
Students, parents, teachers, and those interested in engineering as a career are invited to meet local companies and colleges to discover the various engineering courses and careers available.
The event will show that fantastic opportunities in the engineering industries already exist in the Mid-West. Forecasts point to considerable growth and a real requirement for engineers in the future.
One of the many companies behind the initiative is Analog Devices. Its vice-president and general manager Ireland manufacturing operations, Denis Doyle said: “In 2015, we launched what turned out to be a very successful Limerick for Engineering showcase event and, building on this success, even more companies are involved this year.
“The list of companies participating is again impressive and highlights the considerable amount of high-end engineering activity and employment opportunities in the Mid-West region.”
He said the Limerick for Engineering consortium is pooling its expertise and resources to ensure the MidWest is to the forefront in the promotion of and development of engineering talent, enabling the future growth of industry in the region.
Barry O’Sullivan, Johnson & Johnson, Vision Care, and Mid-West chair American Chamber of Commerce said: “We see ongoing expansion of both Irish and foreign-owned companies in the Mid-West.
“These firms will provide tremendous career opportunities for qualified people. If you are considering a course in science or engineering, post Leaving Cert or as a mature student, this event is a great place to see the type of careers that are available and the courses that can get you on track.”
Engineers Ireland has signalled an acute shortage of engineers in the future and an “urgent need to promote careers in engineering amongst students entering third-level courses as demand outstrips supply”.
Another concern is the continuing low representation of women in the engineering profession.
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