Almost €400,000 in government funding has been awarded to 'Engineering the South East', an industry led group which seeks to address skills needs, promote careers and advance the engineering capabilities of the region.
Headed by IT Carlow, in partnership with Waterford Institute of Technology, the South East Regional Skills Forum and the regional Education and Training Boards (ETBs), the group launched earlier this year.
Welcoming the announcement of €377,520 in funding, Dr Frances Hardiman, Head of Faculty of Engineering at Institute of Technology Carlow said, 'An engineering cluster in the South East provides a key platform for regional collaboration in upskilling, research and innovation. This funding is a key support in developing a long-term sustainable platform'.
Dr Ken Thomas, Head of the School of Engineering in WIT said the funding is 'a clear statement that engineering in all its forms is vital to the successful development of the region. Growing employment and jobs of the future are core to the objectives of the Engineering the South East cluster and the funding is essential to driving progress over the next three years'.
The broad engineering sector currently employs almost 50,000 in the South East region.