Leading engineering companies and infrastructure clients including Amey, Carillion, Crossrail and Thames Tideway have signed up to a special technicians charter this week, It shows their commitment to ensuring their technicians and apprentices are supported to achieve professional status.
The charter was launched by EngTechNow, the joint venture between the ICE, Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Institution of Engineering Technicians to boost the status and recognition of technicians.
Its goal, with the support of the Gatsby Foundation, is to get 100,000 more technicians registered by 2020.
Two infrastructure clients, eight engineering employers, and two trade unions have already signed up.
“With a major skills and experience gap looming, it is excellent for industry as a whole that these forward-thinking stakeholders in the engineering sector have made a commitment to drive a culture change in the professional status of technicians,” said EngTechNow chief executive, Blane Judd.
ICE director general, Nick Baveystock, added: “Engineering technicians sit at the heart of engineering delivery.
“They offer specialist skills and techniques and solve complex problems, ensure infrastructure projects deliver efficiently and on time, and equip the UK with the skills it needs to compete internationally.
“All of us - government industry and society - must take practical steps to raise the career opportunities and status of technicians and apprentices.
“I am delighted to see so many leading UK employers commit to driving this forward, and I encourage others to get involved and embed this qualification into their programmes.”
EngTechNow charter signatories are: Amey, Carillion, Crossrail, Doosan Babcock, E.ON, Jaguar Land Rover, NG Bailey, Prospect, QinetiQ, Royal Mail, Thames Tideway, and TSSA.