Attracting Interns and Graduates for Engineering events.
Recruitment and retention is a huge problem for our Cluster members so we recently ran an event for our regional SME`S
who we interested in learning what measures they can put in place to strengthen their position
as attractive employers for young graduates
Benefits of the initiative:
- Clarification of what Internships or placements should involve from the employers perspective
- Creating awareness of recruitment timelines that work for both student and employer
- What Recruitment Programmes are and why they work
- Best practice for recruitment & retention of graduates (activity that employers need to be doing)
- Clarification to industry exactly what skills a graduate will have (ie what they will know, both when qualified and at the different stages of their degree)
Impacts of the initiative:
Companies are taking more initiative in their long-term recruitment strategy. Companies realise the value of getting students working in their business before they actually graduate. To avail of this, the Institutes of Technology offer a function to advertise Part-Time work for engineering students so that companies can start creating relationships with potential talent early.
We are working on an initiative to get Cluster members utilising the “Final Year Project” as a tool to increase engagement with students and bring more relevance to their project.
Engineering the South East is working with some of the Cluster member companies on a series of lunch box talks where some of their staff will present to the engineering students themselves.
- PB Machine Tech
- Pneumatics & Sensors Ireland
- Bolster Group
- BRG Geological
- Carlow Toolmaking
- Seerys Foods
- Murphy Precast
- Clancy Construction
- Oglesby and Butler
- CDS Metalwork / Duggan Lynch
- Horan Automation
On 1st October Engineering the South East presented at the Engineering Careers day for the Toys4Engineers conference (organised by Waterford Chamber and WIT).
The event was designed to encourage students to consider a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and maths) career path. Over 800 students tuned in to hear our message on the day many of whom will hopefully take up a career in an Engineering discipline in the coming years.