ESB International championing the cause of Women in Engineering

On April 4th to 6th, ESB International is hosted its 10th Women in Engineering Programme for Transition Year students.

This proactive initiative is aimed at increasing the numbers of women in engineering, highlighting the opportunities that exist for females in what has traditionally been regarded as a male-dominated discipline.

Students from schools across Dublin and beyond are participating in the programme, and the Class of 2017 will bring the total numbers who have attended to over 200. Many of these attendees have gone on to study engineering at third level, while a number of those who took part in our first ever Programme back in 2007 are now forging successful careers at ESB International.

The three-day Programme gives prospective female engineers the opportunity to meet some of ESB International’s successful women in engineering – and hear about the opportunities they’ve had to work around the globe on a range of demanding international projects.

They’ll also get to compete in engineering challenges and find out what a career in engineering has to offer. A number of past-pupils from the programme will join the group to tell them about their subject choices for Leaving Certificate, and their experience of studying engineering in College.

A further element of the programme is hearing from graduates who have joined the ESB Graduate Development Programme, who will share their stories about their journey through the ESB organisation.

Speaking about the Programme, Operations Manager of ESB International, Jacinta Ryan, commented that: "The Women In Engineering Programme is aimed at maximising the choices that pre school-leavers have, giving them a welcome insight into a career as a creative professional delivering solutions for society."

"As an engineer myself, I know at first-hand what amazing opportunities engineering can offer. Within ESB Group, there is a wide range of opportunities to make a difference, with numerous options for growth and development.”

“Within ESB International, in particular, we have a footprint in over 120 countries, which makes engineering a passport to a truly global career.”

"I strongly believe that taking part in the Women In Engineering Programme can be a hugely important first step on the road to a rewarding, challenging and satisfying career in a field that is every bit as suited to women as to men."

Photograph 1: Jacinta Ryan Operations Manager ESB International, Joyce Farrell, HR Manager ESB Innovation with the group of this year’s Transition Year students from Women in Engineering Programme

Photograph 2: Ewa Garbiec, a past participant of the programme who is now studying Engineering in UCD, with Ellen Moore, Mount Anville, and Sarah Darcy, Manor House