RISING PASS rates at the ICE professional review can be directly attributed to a vastly improved understanding of training aims.
This was the united view of the ICE's army of regional liaison officers (RLOs), at February's annual meeting.
Their job is to guide the ICE's 20,000 graduate and student members towards full member status.
At the last professional review in autumn 2001, 84% of the 356 candidates were successful (NCEI February). Some 20% of those successful were 27 or under.
The view of the RLOs is that these figures finally lay to rest residual myths about past processes - such as the requirement for 12 months on site - and demonstrate that core training objectives can be achieved in a very wide variety of work environments.
However, there was concern that too few companies emphasise the career development opportunities of the IEng MICE membership route.
ICE reviewers are now making a clear distinction between the expert 'doers' (IEng MICE) and engineers who 'decide what needs to be done' (CEng MICE), so candidates need to be more aware that they are applying for the most appropriate membership class.
For help and advice on your training needs, contact professional development manager Niall O'Hea (020) 7665 2071.
Further support is available by contacting local associations manager Joanna Holland on (020) 7665 2159 or local associations assistant Eve Light on (020) 7665 2152.