Watch Panel Discussion: ‘Women in Engineering, IT and Apprenticeships: How to Keep the Show on the Road?’

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Watch Panel Discussion ‘Women in Engineering, IT and Apprenticeships: How to keep the show on the road?’:  TU Dublin ESTeEM recently hosted a panel discussion with women from industry and their companies, SAP and Schneider Electric, who have kept Ireland going during the pandemic.


Watch Panel Discussion: ‘Women in Engineering, IT and Apprenticeships: How to keep the show on the road?’

What is ESTeEM

A couple of years ago the OECD, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, published research which examined gender equality in education as well as in STEM subjects.  The research found adolescent girls lacked confidence in their abilities with STEM areas despite the evidence that shows how competent young women are in these disciplines. These findings are consistent with the research Accenture conducted here in Ireland in 2015 about adolescent female students and STEM related subjects. Perhaps one aspect of this difficulty for young women and STEM subjects, as the OECD report proposes, is how there is a lack of female role models for young women to emulate/look up to and possibly how working in engineering or computing does not fit into the stereotype of careers women ‘should’ be pursuing.

This is partly why the ESTeEM initiative has been created.  The purpose of this programme is to provide female TU Dublin students with a role model who will provide support, assistance and information about engineering or computing, the types of career paths available as well as what skills are needed to for the future workplace.  The goal is for the TU Dublin graduate to take these skills and knowledge with them to the workforce so she will be more prepared for the career challenges that lie ahead. This initiative aims to create new role models for future young women who want to study these subjects and to show how engineering and computing are not just for young men.

Find out more about TU Dublin and courses available here.



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