Engineering is often designated as 'other manufacturing' or 'traditional' manufacturing - however, engineering, as a discipline, is crucial to all manufacturing sectors. Engineering firms serve a broad range of markets, including: automotive, aerospace, ICT, biomedical, energy and environmental; construction and agriculture (eg machinery and equipment) markets, and sub supply also includes paper and printing as well as basic and fabricated metals.
The network model enables engineering members within this sector to gain access to knowledge, the latest industry foresight, tailored seminars with leading experts and opportunities to network with other businesses. The work programme of the Ibec Engineering Network is agreed by the network members and focuses on key issues identified by the sector.
Our members' concerns range from business development, upskilling, attracting talent, regulation, manufacturing excellence, energy costs to growing their market share of the global economy. We manage forums to help members connect and update them on key business issues as well as update them on the critical work that Ibec is doing on your behalf.
Through our government subsidised Skillnet, Manufacturing and Polymer Technology Apprenticeships training programmes we are supporting the development of talent for the engineering sector. Members also participate in cross sectoral working groups specific to engineering enterprises including;
· Operational Excellence; this working group supports best practice knowledge sharing in the area of lean manufacturing, networking with peers, benchmarking, mentoring opportunities, international factory visits and developing knowledge and understanding of lean manufacturing and associated processes.
· Advanced Manufacturing; this working group supports best practice knowledge sharing in the area of advanced manufacturing, market insights, skills development for operations and contribute to policy impacting Advanced Manufacturing in Ireland.
· OHS/EHS; this working group support sharing of up to date information on key OHS/EHS trends impacting the sector, best practice knowledge sharing, networking with a 30-40 like-minded professionals and access to OHS/EHS discussion forum (180 professionals).
· Skills; the working group supports the development of training programmes for the sector. Opportunity to feed into curriculum of National Apprenticeships. Companies will gain clarity on how to grow a more knowledgeable and enthusiastic workforce. Contribute to the development of new apprenticeships. Access to over 40 government subsidised upskilling programmes developed by the skills network over the past 10 years from NFQ level 5 to NFQ level 9. Programmes are delivered in partnership with Ireland’s third level institutions.