) Royal Academy of Engineering funded Manufacturing NI project gives local companies the opportunity to raise awareness of engineering as a career.

Manufacturing NI will work with engineers from local companies in the Roe Valley/ Limavady area to help them engage with and build more positive relationships between industry and schools to inspire the next generation into a career in engineering.  The programme aims to build awareness of engineering and to address stereotypes in how people relate to engineering promoting diversity and inclusion.  This FREE programme is open to engineers who will receive FREE multimedia masterclasses and 1-1 mentoring on creating online content that will change the perception of engineering and public engagement techniques which will help them to gain experience in communicating to younger people on engineering.  A series of interactive workshops on industry 4.0 and digital transformation will also be included in the programme.

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 mary@manufacturingni.org

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