TY students dive into ocean science at the Marine Institute

Galway daily news Transition Year students from six counties study ocean science with the Marine institute

Students from Galway, Mayo, Clare, Roscommon, Dublin and, Waterford recently came to the 5th annual TY Training Week at the Marine Institute in Oranmore.

The TY students were there to shadow scientists and staff at the Institute, learning about ocean science and the technology that makes it possible.

Along the way they engaged in presentations and interactive activities related to seabed mapping, food safety, operating a research vessel and much more

Dr Peter Heffernan, CEO of the Marine Institute said it was important for programmes like to this to give students an insight into working in the marine sector.

“Increasing student’s knowledge on the importance of our marine resource, is key to supporting Ireland’s ocean economy, where highly skilled professionals are needed in the future.”

“Our TY Week Programme aims to inspire a new generation of marine professionals, and provides an insight into the diverse career opportunities on offer in Ireland’s marine sector.”

The need for education and training programmes to create the next generation of skilled professionals in the marine sector is part of Ireland’s national marine plan, Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth.

Catherine Quigley-Johnston, HR Manager Marine Institute added that it was great to see such a strong interest in working with the ocean and STEM fields among young people.

“Marine Institute staff look forward annually to this important opportunity to share their passion for science and the marine and their areas of expertise.”