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STEPS to engineering 2008/2009 Presented By: John Butler CPD Director Presentation Outline STEPS to engineering and its objectives Trends and projections Motivation and awareness building STEPS framework and activities Opportunities for partnership Benefits of partnership The next step About STEPS to engineering Mission: To encourage primary & post primary students to explore the world of science and engineering and raise awareness of engineering as a career choice Established in 2000 Engineers Ireland Programme Promote the awareness of engineering as a career increase the future pipeline of engineers. In 2008 we reached approximately 70,000 participants Main Objectives: 1. Raise awareness of engineering 2. Promote a greater understanding of engineering 3. Encourage a positive attitude towards engineering 4. Highlight the advantages, diversity, opportunities and excellent rewards offered by a career in the engineering profession. Government: Formally recognised by Government. Key Supporters and Partners: Discover Science & Engineering Department of Education and Science FAS DKM Report 2009 Based on a one-for-one relationship (economic growth vs. employment of engineers) Employment of engineers in Ireland could be expected to fall in 2009 Recover post 2009 57,000 in 2015 67,000 in 2020 - almost 40% higher than the 2008 level (approx.48,000) Demand growth at an average of approx. 950 per annum How to encourage choice of engineering? Motivate and enthuse young people by: Making science and engineering fun Highlight links between everyday life, science and engineering Career Diversity Challenging Career Progression Creativity - „Making a difference‟ Travel (International accreditation) Rewards Attract females to engineering. Framework Primary Post Primary: Junior & Senior Cycle PR and media communications Volunteers – Invaluable to programme! Foster partnerships (Industry, 3rd level institutions) Primary School XPERIENCE ENGINEERING 775 Schools registered Project Based Theme - “Engineers Save Lives” K‟NEX Challenges & Work Sheets Monthly Activities Extreme Engineering 18 Shows & 13,000 students Teacher Education Packs Engineered! A Week of Wonder www.weekofwonder.ie Aim To increase general public awareness of the diversity and impact of engineering in everyday life. 8 – 14 yr olds plus PARENTS Engineered! A Week of Wonder 2008 12,500 participants 35 partner organisations Engineered! A Week of Wonder 2009 Significant Growth – New Format 8th -13th February 2009 Over 60 organisations involved Approximately 19,000 participants Website www.weekofwonder.ie Activities: Bridge Building Challenges, Rocket Building & Launching Workshops, Workshops on Energy and Climate Change, Computer Game Design & Development, Discover the Engineering behind Scuba Diving, Sailing & Rescue Boats, K‟NEX Challenge Marathon‟s. Post Primary School Engineering as a Career Student Seminars – 16 Seminars at 3rd level Open day venues Engineering & Technology Champions Programme – 270 Schools – Volunteer Workshops/Presentation Skills Training Summer Camps Career exhibitions Guidance Counsellors Events Teacher Education Events Transition year initiative SET Conference ICT National Promotional Campaign Pilot Objectives Promotion of careers in electrical, electronic & computer engineering and computer science Target audience 5th and 6th Year students Partners Discover Science and Engineering, Irish Computer Society, The Higher Education Authority, ICT Ireland Strategy 6 weeks Radio and online advertising campaign Interactive website Competition Prize – Brown Bag Films (Give up your oul sins) PR & Other Promotional Activities Careers Exhibitions Public Relations Regional & National Media Publications Career Sheets – 11 disciplines Engineering your Career book (Distributed to every 2ndary school) Engineering Life magazine Engineering Fact Sheet Website - www.steps.ie Breakdown of STEPS to engineering Activities Primary Post Primary PR & Publications General Events & Promotion Industry Partners Examples ESBI/ESB Microsoft Bord Gais ORS ARUP INTEL WYETH IBM EIRGRID Opportunities for Partnership! Annual Sponsorship or Donation Provision of Volunteers Involvement in Engineered! A Week of Wonder 2010 onwards Support for your activities by promoting engineering and science Benefits for you! Raising the profile of your company regionally and nationally Position yourself as an industry leader Increasing awareness of engineering and science careers Increase future pipeline of graduates for your sector Ireland‟s future economic development Corporate social responsibility, Building links with your local community Contribute and benefit from the development of the STEPS to engineering programme Staff Participation = Employee Morale CPD for Staff – organisational, event management, communications, presentation skills Benefits Contd. Company branding on the website Corporate Affiliate membership 2 complimentary places on a CPD training course Contribute and benefit from the development of the STEPS to engineering programme Participation Engineers Journal Press Releases Sponsors Questions?
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