Mayor Sarah Holland officially launches South Dublin County Engineers Week 2016

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Mayor Sarah Holland with President of Engineers Ireland Bill Grimson, President of Tallaght IT Thomas Stone, Director of Operations (Ireland) PM Group Frank Kennedy, Programme Manager Xylinx Peng Lim and students from Coláiste Bríde, Clondalkin

Mayor Sarah Holland officially launched South Dublin County Engineers Week 2016 on Monday February 29th at Council Chambers, County Hall. For the eighth year in a row, South Dublin County Council (SDCC) is hosting events for local primary and secondary students as part of Engineers Week. This is a nationwide event coordinated by Engineers Ireland as part of their STEPS to Engineering program.

The aim of the week is to positively promote engineering as a career and to create an awareness of the wonderful, life-enhancing and exciting challenges that engineers are involved in and responsible for. In addition, the nurturing of young engineering talent has been widely recognised as a vital part of our economic recovery.

Students taking part in Engineers Week workshop
Students taking part in Engineers Week workshop

Speaking at the launch, Mayor Holland said:

“We have first class engineers working and teaching in our County and because of this we are fortunate enough to be in a position to help our children fulfil their dreams. We have a duty to give these young people the best opportunity we can to thrive and in doing so, to help our economy to recover and to consider how a career in Engineering would also enable them to contribute positively to their local community.”

Engineers Week has been a resounding success for South Dublin County Council and their partners IT Tallaght, PM Group, Vilicom and Xilinx. Since 2009, students from schools all over the County have taken part in workshops based at RUA RED South Dublin County Art Centre, The County Library, IT Tallaght, and Tallaght Stadium. 

Launch of Engineers Week 2016 - Council Chamber, County Hall, Tallaght
Launch of Engineers Week 2016 – Council Chamber, County Hall, Tallaght

In addition to the workshops and shows, participants will have an opportunity to talk to academics and students from IT Tallaght, and to professional engineers from South Dublin County Council, PM Group, Vilicom and Xilinx about what engineers do and how engineering is for everyone in the community.