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Asking Employers: What are the skills engineers need to achieve UN SDGs?

How can we better prepare Engineers to meet the needs of society in this rapidly changing world? What skills will engineers need to help achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and how can our higher education institutions develop programmes to enhance those skills within engineering students?

These were some of the questions posed last June and July when Employer Focus Groups were organised as part of the A-STEP 2030 Erasmus + project with the partnership of the project Associated partners:

  • at TU Dublin with the partnership of Engineers Ireland,
  • at Aalborg University with the partnership of the IDA (Danish Society of Engineers) ,
  • at Metropolia University of Applied Sciences with TEK (Academic Engineers and Architects in Finland) and
  •  at ENSTA Bretagne with the participation ofprofessional engineers from ENSTA Bretagne Alumni.
Focus group at ENSTA Bretagne
Focus group at TU Dublin


The project which aims to address the lack of diversity in engineering programmes in Europe has three activities, which include focus groups with students, academics and employers in four European countries, work around the values and motivations of young people and adult learners and culminating the in roll out of a learning and teaching activity which will be hosted in TU Dublin in 2021.

The focus group gathered information on the awareness and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals into engineering education and the skills required of engineers in the future.

For more information please refer to the project website: or contact


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