Engineering Skillnet Official Launch

Wednesday, 19 May 2021 14:00 to 15:20pm

 The Ibec Engineering Network is the group representing a diverse industry comprising of leading multinationals and home-grown businesses in the engineering sector. The companies serve a broad range of markets including automotive, aviation, energy and environment, construction, agriculture as well as core elements of the sub supply sectors including machinery, equipment, paper, printing and fabricated products. The engineered products and sub supply sector is growing with exports of €8 billion worth of product annually across 1,200 companies, employing 46,000 people. There is a broad range of engineering companies in terms of size, scale and product throughout the regions of Ireland and 75% of the companies Irish owned businesses. To support the pace of technology disruption, increased regulations and the changing world of work, we need to continuously upskill and retrain our employees to keep pace with change, to build agility, critical thinking and problem solving skills.

The Ibec Engineering Network has been successful in obtaining government funding to set up an Engineering Skillnet and is delighted to present the official launch of this exciting skills network.


14:00 Welcome and Introduction Pauline O Flanagan, Head of Ibec Engineering Network

14:10  “Future proofing Ireland Competitiveness though talent” Danny McCoy, CEO, Ibec

14:25 “Accelerating ambition: digitalisation, sustainability, and pathways to growth” Paul Healy, CEO Skillnet Ireland

14:40 Panel discussion on the “The imperative for lifelong learning” Sharon Higgins, Director of Membership and Sectors, Ibec

  • Seamus Breathnach, Engineering Manager, Kostal Irl. GmbH, & Chair of Engineering Skillnet
  • Mark Keogh, Vice President, Schneider Electric & Board of Electrical Industries Federation of Ireland, (EIFI)
  • Dolores Kiernan, Managing Director, Kiernan Steel

15:10 Closing remarks Pauline O Flanagan, Head of Ibec Engineering Network

15:20 Close


Start Date May 19, 2021
Time 14.00
Duration 1 hour 20 minutes
Delegate Price Free
Location Virtual - online