Engineering the South East was launched in Wexford today with a mission to see companies working together to address skills needs, promote careers in engineering and advance the engineering capabilities of the region. The Burnside Group, Glanbia, Boston Scientific, Integer, Bausch & Lomb and CDS Architectural Metalwork are some of the indigenous and multinational engineering and manufacturing companies across the region that have signed up to Engineering the South East. The new cluster intends to promote careers in engineering, a sector that currently employs almost 50,000 in the region, of which 35,000 are employed in manufacturing and 14,000 in construction.
Engineering South East has the backing of IDA Ireland, Enterprise Ireland and Engineers Ireland and will work collaboratively with Waterford Institute of Technology, Institute of Technology Carlow, the regional Education and Training Boards (WWETB, Kilkenny Carlow ETB and Tipperary ETB) and the various Skillnet Networks.
A steering group of industry representatives will oversee the strategic direction and work of Engineering the South East with a focus on three main areas: skills; promotion and communications and innovation. Separate working groups will be established to identify a number of key action areas and companies are being encouraged to participate in relevant working groups.
Michael Carbery, Head of Innovation & Development Programmes with Keenan (Alltech Farming Solutions Ltd) has been appointed Chair of Engineering the South East. He commented, “It is great to be involved with this industry led initiative. This initiative has great potential to encourage, engage and support young people in pursuing their career within the engineering industry”.