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are held in the third level colleges in Cork where students eagerly come to work on their robots, learn programming skills from their mentors and started to realize the importance of teamwork to achieve success. The final is held in February each year, and twenty schools, with up to 80 students will compete against each other for a perpetual trophy.

Exploring Electronics Teacher Training Course Last year 54 Postgraduate Diploma in Education student teachers completed the six week introductory course to electronics. The training program is based on the ‘Exploring Electronics’ Transition Year Module developed with significant input & backing from the CEIA and is aimed at de-mystifying electronics in the Second Level Class room.

Innovation Group A key focus of the Innovation Sub-Group is to afford CEIA members the ability to build links with each other; it does this by running regular collaborative workshops and special interest discussion groups. The topics for these discussions are directly related to the activities set out as development goals by the association’s members. The groups hold Business Briefings on a monthly basis and a list of such events are on the website ( In May 2013 the group is hosting a conference entitled “The Changing Role of Manufacturing in Ireland and Beyond” which will be chaired by Michael Devane, Chairman of SmartBay and features an impressive range of speakers including Bob

Pictured at an Innovation Group - Collaborative workshop held in Flextronics, were (from left;) Brendan Butler, EMC, Secretary & Treasurer CEIA, Sean Gayer, Chairman CEIA, with guest speaker Minster Sean Sherlock TD

Savage, Vice-President and Managing Director, EMC Ireland; Caroline Dowling, President of Integrated Network Solutions, Flextronics and Tom Mangan, Vice-President Operations and General Manager, Boston Scientific. Cork has become a center of electronic excellence in recent years, making the CEIA more important than ever before as it affords its members the chance to develop links and strategies that will allow them to thrive well into the future. The CEIA provides a formal, organized and trusted platform for its member companies in the IT, electronic and engineering sectors within the Munster area.

It provides the opportunity to make new business contacts, address common issues, liaise with higher education institutions on industry training and graduate profiles required to ensure the sustained growth and competitiveness of its members’ organizations. Business Briefings, the Annual Conference and various initiatives provide ongoing learning and transfer of knowledge for both IT professionals and engineers but also students with an interest in working in ICT, Science and Engineering. CEIA continues to grow its membership and its collaboration with key regional and national agencies.

25 Years of Innovation Horner APG Centrepoint, Centre Park Road, Cork, Ireland Tel: +353 21 4321-266 Fax: +353 21 4321-826 Email:

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