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Connect Special Edition | July 2018

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Making the most of your 2018 membership

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In this Summer Special edition of Connect we are delighted to update you on developments within our member community and engagements so far in 2018.  Being a member of Engineers Ireland’s community has many benefits and we hope this update will prompt suitable similar interactions to help you get the most from your membership for the remainder of this year.

 


Career Development

 

In March, we published the 2018 Salary Survey, our first since 2014. This member-exclusive report has been used by engineers in negotiating equitable remuneration packages.

To keep up-to-date with current opportunities in the engineering sector, subscribe to our Jobs Desk bulletin today.

 

In the first six months of this year, we have hosted numerous Chartered Engineer open days to assist our members on their first steps in progressing to a Registered Professional Title

 

To date, we have registered over 400 new members and a further 200 were assessed and conferred as Associate, Chartered and Fellow members of the profession. Have you considered your next step in refreshing or developing your competencies? We have many routes to support your development.

“Membership and professional titles are important for career advancement.”

 

Our members continue to benefit from our active involvement with the International Engineering Alliance, to support accords allowing Irish engineers be recognised and work across the globe. Engineers Ireland’s international activity is facilitated by the volunteer efforts of our academic and industrial experts and has seen increased activity in the UK to maintain recognition and mobility after Brexit.

 

Advocacy

Engineering 2018 – A barometer of the profession in Ireland - was launched in late February. Tracking developments under three distinct headings: – engineering education; employment; and perspectives; - the report promotes the value of the profession and is a comprehensive resource for members and their organisations.

In early July, Minister for Business, Enterprise, and Innovation, Heather Humphreys T.D., joined us at our premises on Clyde Road to launch The State of Ireland 2018 – A review of infrastructure in Ireland report, which focused on water/wastewater and flooding. The report is an insight-led, action-orientated analysis, based on a series of panel discussions nationally with key engineering decision-makers across the private and public sectors. The report and its recommendations received extensive coverage in the media, raising the profile of our profession and organisation.

In the coming days we will publish our pre-budget submission, representing the needs of the profession to deliver on our vision of a community of creative professionals delivering solutions for society.

 
 



Public Affairs, Media & Recognition

In the year to date, Engineers Ireland has lodged eight submissions to public consultations, appeared at an Oireachtas Committee and held crucial engagements with politicians and other policy-makers. These representations are built from members contributions, enabling us to demonstrate our relevance and to make an impact.

“Engineers Ireland is an excellent advocacy group for engineers”

We have also had a consistent and strong representation in the media, promoting the profession and status of engineers. Engineers Ireland has featured over 500 times within national and regional newspapers articles, on prime time TV and radio.



 

Community

Our Regional branches, Engineering divisions and Societies have hosted over 170 events so far this year. These events are excellent for continuing professional development and offer members an opportunity to network and engage with fellow members in their local community.

To ensure that you are kept informed of all events in your community, please check your preferences to receive our weekly Events Brief.

Thanks to the wonderful contribution of our volunteers and stakeholders, Engineers Week 2018 involved over 850 events with more than 75,000 participants – the highest ever level of participation.

 

Networking & Knowledge

We had a fantastic evening at the Engineers Ireland Annual Ball in early January and were delighted to see 800 members of the profession and guests in attendance.

In mid-April, Engineers from the four corners of Ireland descended on the Limerick Strand Hotel for the Engineers Ireland Annual Conference 2018, which was held in association with the Thomond region.  Entitled Engineering a Region: Infrastructure, Industry and Innovation, the theme of the conference reflected on the growing need for collaboration between industry, academia and innovators to create opportunities for regional development and growth.

The Engineers Journal and Engineers TV are incredibly valuable resources appreciated by our members. There are currently over 100 new detailed articles and recordings available online, providing members with a wealth of information on current practices, standards and developments within the sector.  Members also enjoy our social media channels, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, providing real-time updates and information share of news and events, so do subscribe to keep updated.

“Being involved with Engineers Ireland is a very effective
way of meeting other engineers from other disciplines as well as getting the bigger picture of engineering”

In Limerick we hosted a careers fair, giving a superb insight into engineering studies and careers, as well as networking with many senior industry guests at the event.

 
 

Continuing Professional Development

Engineers Ireland is committed to working with members on their CPD journey. To date, members have been offered over 94 CPD courses, including 16 new specialist courses, across every discipline.

Did you know that members receive a discount on every course? View our schedule of upcoming courses here. We also have a number of free online courses which members can access at any time, click here to view the variety of courses available.

These CPD courses are based on member feedback and designed to assist you in your daily work. In line with our updated CPD Policy (PDF), we encourage you to record each of your CPD activities on our online recording tool, My CPD.

“Engineers Ireland promotes career growth and CPD which is important to me.”

 

We hope these highlights provide a flavour of activities so far this year and how you can engage to complement your current professional requirements.

Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to working hard for your benefit for the remainder of 2018.

Kind regards

Caroline Spillane

Director General and all the team at Engineers Ireland