Engineering Your Future programme: STEP and UCD

In 2012 Engineers Ireland's STEPS programme partnered with University College Dublin (UCD) to deliver a pilot placement week aimed at giving a meaningful experience of what is involved in both engineering at college and how it is applied in the workplace. The demand for the placement week was so great the course was oversubscribed by 200%. Due to demand, in 2013 it was decided to expand the programme and four more institutes have come on board for 2013: Athlone IT, DIT, Cork IT, IT Carlow. These five institutes between them hosted approximately 160 students on EYF programmes. The EYF programmes encompass a range of activities during the week, from industry visits and hands-on workshops to presentations and project work. Students meet engineers, engineering graduates and engineering faculty. The aim is to give young students the knowledge and experience they need to make an informed choice about whether engineering is a desirable career path for them. The students who take part in the programme are tracked over the coming years to see if they pursue a STEM career or go in a different direction. In a survey of EYF attendees after the programme this May, 100% of respondents said they would recommend the programme to a friend. For more information click here

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