About the CElA – Cork’s Technology Network
The CEIA represents High Tech companies in the Cork region working in accord with the Industrial Development Agency (IDA), Enterprise Ireland, the Cork Education & Training Board, (formerly FÁS), the Cork Institute of Technology and University College Cork, to ensure a sophisticated technological infrastructure is in place to enable the industry to grow and prosper.
The organisation was founded in 1984 by a number of CEO’s, primarily focused on lobbying improvement of the infrastructure of the region and to nurture growth. It has achieved major success since inception, and can be considered the significant Association representing the Manufacturing, Supply Chain and Technology sector in the Southern region of Ireland. The CEIA currently comprises >50 members, including the 5 statutory members, CIT, EI, CETB, IDA & UCC;
It is an active and intimate network for senior business leaders in the Manufacturing, Supply Chain and Technology arena in the Cork area. The CEIA provides regular Business Briefings; these are networking events, which present interesting, relevant and recent Business and Information topics related to the High Tech sector.
In addition it addresses members Corporate Social Responsibility with an effective Outreach Skills & Education Programme, which promotes STEM to our young students through a very successful collaboration between Industry and Academia.
The vision of the CEIA is to:
1. Act and be recognised both regionally and nationally, as a highly professional representative of the ICT sector in the Cork region; and furthermore is seen to reflect the needs and issues of the industry nationally.
2. Offer its members an invaluable source of business networking, best practice sharing, and a forum to collectively address individual member issues and general industry topics.
3. Continue to develop the range of Topic Specific Groups that provide informational and development opportunities for members at both business and functional levels.
4. Be the primary interface in the Cork region between the Technology Sector and Education and Government Support Agencies.
The HighTechElec TY work experience programme is a collaboration between CEIA, Tyndall, UCC, CIT and CEIA member companies, developed to give TY students an insight into the high tech careers open to them in industry and academia. Participating students will undertake a week of physics, electronics and technology based workshops, lectures, career talks, and industry placement, culminating in an innovation competition – the TechnoDen. Through meeting and working with scientists and engineers, students will get firsthand experience of the choice of careers available to them. This unique structured one-week programme will provide a positive experience for pupils genuinely interested in taking up a science or engineering career.
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