New scholarships for ambitious engineers

10 May 2011

Ambitious young engineers are being called on to vie for eight scholarships under the Engineers Ireland Future Professionals Programme.

The scholarships, based on 75pc of the programme fee, are open to engineers who are working in organisations with less than 20 engineers.

A total of eight scholarships are available, two at each of the four locations where the courses will take place.

The programmes will run in Dublin, Belfast, Cork and Galway, beginning in September, and have two parts: the Graduate Transition Programme and the Professional Progression Programme. Candidates will be evaluated on key criteria, such as education and specific experience.

Structured advancement to graduates

“The Engineers Ireland Future Professionals Programme offers structured advancement to graduates through two strands of intense and challenging professional development,” said John Power, director general of Engineers Ireland.

”The main objective of these initiatives is to help participants gain an understanding of professional engineering standards and confidence about career progression. Our education system has yet to adapt to our ambition of becoming an innovation economy so it is vital industry does its best to support the development of graduates and professionals with the right skills.

These scholarships are an opportunity for successful candidates to develop their careers in a cohesive and structured manner.”

The Graduate Transition Programme has been specifically designed in partnership with leading employers to allow recent graduates (up to 12 months out) to get to grips with the professional standards expected of those working in engineering-led teams and organisations.

The second strand, the Professional Progression Programme, is aimed at engineers with between three and six years of experience who are committed to deepening their abilities as a professional.

It is a delivery partnership that works hand-in-hand with an organisation, its people managers and its graduates to accelerate the development of graduates with some experience and practice into professional engineers.

John Kennedy
By John Kennedy

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years. His interests include all things technological, music, movies, reading, history, gaming and losing the occasional game of poker.

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