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Summary of main issues discussed :

  • Current apprenticeship education programmes being offered in Ireland are not well matched to the labour market needs. They are seen as limited in scope. They are not maximising their contribution as they are too far behind current best practice and leading edge technology.
  • The providers are committed to giving the best service they can, but are impeded by

Institute of Industrial Engineers

The industrial engineering profession has evolved from methods engineering and work measurement, to a profession which now covers a wide range of skills which would be utilised by national and multinational organisations both large and small across all sectors of business. This wider range of skills include, plant layout, computer simulation, production planning, MRP systems, project management, motivation and psychology, industrial relations, engineering mathematics, quality management and resource planning. The next evolution will include topics associated with the green economy. The skills required will include energy management, waste management, water and effluent treatment, sustainability and environmental management. These skills will provide a wider scope for the employment of industrial engineers broadening the industry sectors in which they can operate.

 In the current testing economic climate it is expected that the role of the industrial engineer as the catalyst for productivity improvement will have a larger role to play in Irish based industrial, financial and service organisations.

The Industrial Engineer is concerned with the development, improvement, implementation and evaluation of integrated systems of people, money, knowledge, information, equipment, energy, material and process. In lean manufacturing systems, Industrial engineers work to eliminate waste of time, money, materials, energy, and other resources.
Established in 1955, The IIE is the professional and qualifying body for those involved in Industrial Engineering.
The Institute has affiliations and co-operation agreements with like minded organisations in other countries. To enhance the benefits to members the Institute became a chapter of the American Institute while maintaining its status as an independent national body. The Institute is a founding member of the World Confederation of Productivity Sciences. The Institute is recognised by Government, Unions and Education Organisations in Ireland. The Government has granted the Institute the right to make a nomination to the Industry and Commerce panel of the Irish Senate and is often consulted for its input to Government industry white papers.

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