There is a host of online activity spanning a week-long celebration and showcase of engineering, tech and life sciences
Toys4Engineers is back for 2021 will run from 27 September to 1 October.
Now in its fifth year it showcases the talent and innovation that exists within the engineering, tech and pharma industry on a national level
The calendar of events includes Meet the Buyer meetings, industry training, speed networking, daily conferences, an online jobs fair, digital site visits and a career guidance seminar for second level students considering a career in STEM.
Launching the event, Gerald Hurley, CEO of Waterford Chamber said: “Having Toys4Engineers online last year proved extremely successful and it has given us the opportunity to grow the event even further into a weeklong offering.
“We are grateful to IDA Ireland, Enterprise Ireland, Waterford City & County Council, Waterford Local Enterprise Office, Waterford Chamber Skillnet, WIT, Crystal Valley Tech, Metalman Engineering, Engineering the South East and Cobotics Skillnet for their continued support.”
Ken Thomas, Head of the School of Engineering at WIT said: “This is the fifth year of Toys4Engineers and as the positive impact of engineering grows in the region, so too does this event. We are excited to bring together speakers from all over the world for our daily conferences, each which will have a specific theme, including Automation, Robotics and Cobotics, ICT and Digital transformation and of course Decarbonisation and the Green Deal, among others.
“In addition, working closely with the IDA and Enterprise Ireland, we will build on the success of our Meet the Buyer offering, whereby indigenous companies can meet directly with Supply Chain managers in the hope of doing business. This has proven extremely successful in the past and we are aware of a number of contracts that have ensued as a result.
“The city and the region need more engineering innovation and talent at all levels, so the Friday offering of a career guidance seminar is particularly important for us. We will be offering secondary school students a platform to ask industry and education experts about potential courses, career paths and opportunities, including third level education, apprenticeships and so on.”