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Professional review goes into the workplace

The first candidates to sit their professional review at work celebrated their new ICE Technician membership status last month.

New Technician members announced

Under the new scheme the review takes place at the candidates’ place of work. Previously reviews were carried out at One Great George Street.

Gary John McCallion, Paul Smith and David Macmillan were the first to become Technician Members through the new route.

Pioneered with the candidates’ employer Amey, the firm’s principal engineering manager Christina Jackson said the pilot had been a success for the company.

“The initiative recognises the value of our technicians and is strongly aligned with maintaining a highly engaged and productive workforce.”

Institution in bid to increase membership

With low numbers of Technician Members, the scheme is part of a drive at the Institution to increase this type of membership. Tackling barriers and misconceptions about becoming a Technician Member is a key reason for the new moves.

The ICE has been talking to consultants and contractors that have high numbers of potential Technician Members who could join the scheme.

Concerns over the prerequisites for becoming professionally qualified need to be addressed, said TIOP Consulting director Geoff Hughes. “Technician Membership is not just for those following one particular route. It’s also open to engineers who have done NVQs, for example.

“By going into companies and talking to people, there are often a lot more people than expected who are eligible to apply for professional membership. Now is the time to invest”

TIOP Consulting director Geoff Hughes

“By going into companies and talking to people, there are often a lot more people than expected who are eligible to apply for professional membership. Now is the time to invest.”

“This is about ICE listening and doing things differently to embrace all those in the civil engineering profession.

“I’m delighted with the feedback from this pilot which has made a real difference to those who have been successful, and I’m sure many more in the future”, said ICE West Midlands regional director Steve Feeley.

The next workplace Technician Reviews are scheduled for July and November.

  • Members wanting to find out more are being advised to contact their regional support team.

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