Limerick companies set to engineer opportunities at Shannon Airport showcase

World Rugby Referee of the Year, Joy Nevillie launches Limerick for Engineering Showcase 2018 Picture: Alan Place

World Rugby Referee of the Year, Joy Nevillie launches Limerick for Engineering Showcase 2018 Picture: Alan Place

A BIG event showcasing the benefits a career in engineering can offer is set to take place at Shannon Airport.

March 1 is the start date for the 2018 Mid-West Limerick for Engineering Showcase, with the event set to offer secondary school students, guidance counsellors, parents and teachers a chance to meet 30 companies across the region.

Representatives from the Limerick Institute of Technology, the University of Limerick and the Limerick Clare Education and Training Board will also be on hand to outline the various courses and routes that are available to students, and provide information on interesting engineering careers in the Mid-West.  

Now in its fourth year, the event is the brainchild of the Limerick for Engineering consortium - an industry led collaboration between 30 leading companies in the mid west; the region’s education providers; and IDA and Enterprise Ireland.

It was launched recently by World Rugby Referee of the Year, Joy Neville, who said she was delighted to support an initiative that not only works to further develop a highly skilled and well paid sector in the Mid-West, but also actively encourages young women into this exciting and lucrative career.

“Limerick for Engineering’s purpose is to increase the quantity and quality of engineering talent in the region, while encouraging more women into the sector. There is no reason why women should not make up 50 per cent of the engineering sector in Ireland, and this showcase opens up the various engineering career possibilities to all school leavers - male and female, their parents, and guidance counsellors," she said.

Barry O’Sullivan, general manager, Johnson and Johnson Vision and the president of the American Chamber of Commerce Ireland said: “A career in engineering is a career in the Mid-West. There are 23,200 employed within the engineering sector in the region with an expected growth rate of 4,700 engineering jobs nationally through to 2020.  

"The engineering profession is the second highest occupation growth rate, and we are keen to support that growth with a well paid and skilled workforce.”

Paschal Meehan, Head of the Faculty of Applied Science, Engineering and Technology at LIT and Chairperson of Limerick for Engineering had one simple message: “Engineering is for everybody.

"The recent significant success in delivering jobs to the region means that never before has there been such a wide range of new and exciting careers available in engineering. These careers are in different disciplines and at many different levels and specialisms such as apprenticeships, technicians, engineers along with research and development,” he said. 

The showcase kicks off at 6pm on Thursday, March 1.

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