Girls encouraged to engineer their own futures

10 Nov 2010

Fourteen female transition-year students are to have the opportunity to explore the life of a working engineer during the third annual Women in Engineering programme.

Hosted by ESB International (ESBI) from 9-11 November, the programme is part of a wider initiative by ESBI to address future skills shortages by promoting engineering as a career choice for young people.

The specific focus of this initiative is to challenge the perception of engineering as a male-dominated profession and to demonstrate the huge potential for women to pursue careers in this field, including running their own businesses.

The three-day programme will incorporate a mixture of site visits, practical activities and presentations on aspects of engineering. Students will also have an opportunity to meet with professional women engineers working in ESB.

During the programme, the students will visit a gas-fired power-generating station; meet with the engineering team responsible for the development of a nationwide charging infrastructure for electric cars; and get a close look at the management of the country’s electricity network.

Schools taking part

Participating in this year’s programme are Tallaght Community School, St Dominics Cabra, Dominican College, Marino, Mount Anville, Mount Sackville, Muckross Park College and Loreto College, Swords.

“Women make up just one in five of new entrants to university engineering, manufacturing and construction degrees. Given the huge growth predicted in international energy demand over the next two decades and the associated demand for engineering skills to support this, it is critical that we promote a higher level of participation by women in engineering and provide support to female students considering a career in this area,” said ESBI engineering solutions manager.

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