After a two year absence, Toys4Engineers live expo and conference will return on WIT Arena on Thursday, October 6th, bringing together companies from all over Ireland to showcase their latest innovations and technology.

The expo and conference will be one of the highlights on the calendar for the week long event, which will also feature Meet the Buyer appointments, industry training, a school’s career seminar and also a career guidance event for parents whose children may be interested in careers in engineering.

Organised by Waterford Chamber and sponsored by Energia, Toys4Engineers has gone from strength to strength over the past five years and they are delighted to welcome Engineering the South East on board this year as partners.

According to John McSweeney, Waterford Chamber President: “This is the second year we will have our energy partner Energia on board as overall sponsor, which is very fitting as Toys4Engineers week will have a major focus on sustainability and energy.

“We are also looking forward to working with the Engineering the South East cluster in terms of promoting the event and reaching a regional and national audience. Toys4Engineers is the perfect platform for them to bring their audience together and provide meaningful networking and business opportunities. We have a week long calendar of events planned, so there will be something for everyone and we very much look forward to welcoming new and past exhibitors to WIT Arena for the expo and conference.”

Commenting on the partnership, Stephen Rooney of Engineering the South East said: “The wider engineering industry is one of the life-bloods of the region with thousands in employment, along with a significant amount of job opportunities. Our remit is to encourage collaboration and innovation and we know this has already happened in abundance at Toys4Engineers so it is a natural fit for us.

“We will be encouraging all our members and the wider network to get involved in this important event and we will also be leading the school career’s seminar, focusing on third level and apprenticeship opportunities, as well as providing a platform for parents to understand the career avenues for their children. These seminars will take place online to allow for a national audience, as we continue to address the skills shortage issue in industry.”

Toys4Engineers is supported by Waterford City & County Council, Waterford Institute of Technology, Enterprise Ireland, IDA Ireland, Waterford Local Enterprise Office, Waterford Chamber Skillnet and Cobotics Skillnet.

For more information see www.toys4engineers.ie