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Online training scheme needs more firms

A new online pilot project allowing employers to easily manage engineers’ applications to ICE-accredited training programmes is seeking the participation of more firms after successful trials.

The Training Agreements Online project (TAGSO) provides employers with dedicated web space from which they can track the status of their employees’ applications and monitor their training progress.

It allows engineers to register their approved training agreement with the ICE online, significantly speeding up the process.

“I found the whole process very easy, unexpectedly quick and straightforward. It is so much easier and faster than the paper application,” said RambollWhitbybird graduate structrual engineeer Apostolos Pitsolis.

Ramboll Whitbybird, Arup, Edmund Nuttall, Mott Macdonald, and Tony Gee & Partners have all trialed the system.

But the ICE wants more firms to sign up before the scheme is officially launched in April. It says that firms working on the pilot scheme before April will have the benefit of being able to influence the system.

The deadline for ICE approved employers looking to take part in the trials is 28th February 2008, so anyone interested in the scheme should contact their ICE regional membership development officer or email cats@ice.org.uk before the end of the month.

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