Manufacturing Northern Ireland are on the hunt for engineers to come forward to inspire the next generation of students to consider careers in STEM.

Engineering: Take a Closer Look is supported by Royal Academy of Engineering and will give local companies the opportunity to raise awareness of engineering as a career. The free programme will help give engineers leadership skills, including multimedia masterclasses and 1-1 mentoring to help create online content, and will help equip them learn about diversity, nature and impact of engineering.

For companies- this will be an excellent opportunity to develop links with students in the Roe Valley Learning area, promoting opportunities, as well as developing spokespeople who will be able to communicate about the company, cutting edge areas of interest and showcase the strengths of the Northern Irish manufacturing sector. More information can be found at and people can apply by September 17th.


Throughout Autumn 2021, students from local secondary schools in the Roe Valley Network will be able to learn about the diversity, nature and impact of engineering.  Engineers will share their stories, passion and expertise with students and aim to change the mindset by addressing stereotypes of what a role in engineering is.


Mary Meehan, Deputy CEO at Manufacturing NI, said: “With all the recent advances in digital technology, we want to inspire the next generation on the exciting roles that there are in engineering.  Thanks to the Royal Academy for Engineering’s Ingenious grant, we are able to dedicate resources into bringing industry and academia closer and provide opportunities for engineers to engage with members of the public from groups currently underrepresented in engineering”.

Current Roe Valley Learning Community (RVLC) Chairperson, Diarmaid Ua Bruadair, welcoming the proposed engineering-focused collaboration between local schools and local industry, stated: ‘This initiative will enable pupils across RVLC Schools to engage with Engineering professionals, and to raise their awareness of the many and varied career opportunities which exist within the sector.’

For further information and/or if you are an engineer and would like to participate in the programme, please contact


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