Promotion of engineering for young people especially girls and young women

Miriam Grant, Civil Engineering graduate from UCD the class of 2013, is one of Irish Water’s female engineers who wants to inspire young people especially girls and young women to consider a career in engineering during Engineers Week this year. Last year an Engineers Ireland report highlighted that only 13% of engineering graduates in 2017/2018 in Ireland were women, Irish Water is using the week to celebrate female engineers and promote engineering as a career choice for girls. Miriam Grant is an Asset Operations Planning Specialist in Irish Water. She says “Irish Water is committed to gender equality, which is why we want to inspire girls and young women to explore engineering career paths particularly within the Water sector.

“Subjects like technical drawing or even applied mathematics weren’t offered in my all-girls secondary school. This can leave you at a disadvantage going into college and put you off choosing engineering. I am glad that I persevered; the women I have met and worked with since beginning my career have been an inspiration and are some of the best engineers I have worked with. It is fantastic that here in Irish Water, we have women in prominent leadership positions, in fact 50% of our Senior Management Team is female.”

Showcasing of engineers throughout Engineers Week

Throughout Engineers Week, Irish Water is showcasing engineers, like Miriam, who are at various stages of their careers and who are working in different engineering roles within the sector. Irish Water is also promoting engineering as a career for girls through a programme of school visits, site tours and career talks during the week.

Miriam shares what she loves about her job “As an engineer, you are involved in big projects and work programmes that have a positive societal benefit which is something I am very proud of. My work will deliver the National Plan which will under-pin every drinking water project investment to ensure every part of Ireland will have a sustainable supply, now and in the future. Having a national plan like this in place has a huge benefit for Ireland and the growth of our economy, and I love that I am part of it.” 

Advice for girls leaving school

Miriam’s advice for girls leaving school “If you enjoy maths and science, you will have the capacity for it and if you get excited about big infrastructure projects, and how things work, you will really enjoy it. It also provides an excellent basis for careers in business, management and industry, so it is a very practical and flexible qualification.”

Irish Water is delighted to be promoting Engineers Week again this year and staff across the country are visiting schools, hosting site tours and speaking about their careers in the water industry and highlighting the size and scale of the work in safeguarding Ireland’s water for the future.

More information

For further information on the range of activities being organised by Irish Water as part Engineers Week visit our Engineers Week 2020 page.

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