Three of the UK’s largest professional engineering institutions have formed a special partnership to drive a mass expansion of registered engineering technicians (EngTechs) to boost the status and recognition of EngTechs and ensure numbers continue to grow.
The ICE, IMechE and IET partnership, supported by funding from the Gatsby Foundation, will deliver a programme of work aimed at promoting the benefits of Engineering Council registration to those EngTechs currently in training, students in further education and those already employed.
The aim is to boost the number of registered EngTechs from 14,000 to 100,000 by 2018, and establish a sustainable model for registration, so EngTech numbers continue to grow year on year to 2025 and beyond. This is the first time the three largest professional institutions have worked together on a programme of this scale.
EngTechs play a crucial role in supporting the civil engineering team by applying proven techniques to solve practical engineering problems. They exercise creative aptitudes and skills within defined fields of technology and in so doing assist with technical designs, and ensure construction runs smoothly and on time.
The partnership says EngTechs who are qualified gain greater recognition for their skills, more influence within the organisation and industry, an internationally recognised qualification, improved career prospects and the potential for higher earnings.
ICE director general Nick Baveystock said: “Engineering technicians are vitally important to the UK and our economy. They have the skills and expertise the country needs to deliver 21st century services, systems and products.
“This programme offers a great opportunity to raise the awareness of the work of, and potential career paths for EngTechs, and the professions in which they work. The fact that such a partnership is in place shows that the three institutions are taking therole of technicians very seriously.”
Recruitment of the programme team has started, with job adverts appearing in national press this week. Once in place, in March, this team will create research-validated implementation plans to promote the benefits of registration. Plans will go into operation in 2014.