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Seminar offers hope to engineers in Ireland

14 April 2009

Next week a seminar in Ireland will focus on work opportunities for engineers, demonstrating that some firms within the engineering and technology sectors are still growing and recruiting. The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) will host the event on April 22 in Dublin.

Senior executives of companies who are currently recruiting IT professionals, engineers and technicians - or plan to do so in the short to medium term – will present at the seminar.

The presenters will include Michael McNicholas, executive director of ESB International, an international energy and leading engineering and consultancy organisation. He will provide his perspective of the future of engineering employment in Ireland and the skills required by IT professionals and engineers to succeed.

Other speakers include Adele Sleator, corporate planning manager at EirGrid, the independent electricity transmission system operator in Ireland and the market operator in the wholesale electricity trading system.

The event particularly targets a range of IT professionals, engineers and technicians from those who have lost their jobs or may be thinking of changing jobs to undergraduates who will be completing their studies in the next couple of years.

Chris McLoughlin, chairperson of the IET Ireland Network, said, ‘We hear a lot everyday about the recession and that it is all doom and gloom. But, these organisations in the engineering and technology sectors are expanding and recruiting as their businesses continue to develop and expand.

“This event will show that, although times are difficult for some, there are still many opportunities out there and that Ireland can position itself for a strong recovery from today’s economic downturn.”

The event takes place on Wednesday April 22 at the Joly Theatre, Trinity College Dublin. Entry is free but pre-registration is required.

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