Supervising a graduate's quest to gain chartered membership of the ICE is a rewarding task but often takes a lot longer than the minimum three years.
Brian Madge Associates is offering firms the chance to free up their harassed senior staff by offering to do the supervising for them. The ICE backed training scheme may be costly for the firm concerned but has in many cases delivered the prize of chartered status in very quick time.
'The role often gets landed on a senior person who has got so many other things to do, ' says Madge. 'We remove the load but they still retain some control over it.
The supervision usually starts with contact every few weeks and then towards the end the candidates would have unlimited access to Brian Madge Associates tutors by email and phone. 'Third party supervision' also enables the candidates to open up when talking about their work in a way that they may not feel able to when talking to their line manager, adds Madge.
And efforts to help engineers achieve full ICE membership are not confined to well qualified graduates.
As from next month new courses will be available aimed at those wishing to take recently opened up routes to membership.
Under such routes graduates short of MEng or BEng qualifications can study towards membership if they have been working in the industry for fi ve, seven, 10 or 15 years depending on the qualifications they have.
Another innovation has been the setting up regional bases where graduates can study a variety of civil engineering related courses.
'Training and network clubs' have so far been set up in Cardiff, Bristol, Exeter, Birmingham, Heathrow, Glasgow and Belfast.
The clubs are run in the afternoon and early evening which Madge claims is popular with employers because it commits their staff 'half in work time and half in their own time'.
Not a great advocate of the current craze for e-learning, Madge says there is no substitute for tutor contact even if it means hot footing it around the UK in double quick time. When speaking to NCE, he had just returned from a tour of UK towns and cities that included the delights of Cowbridge, Ipswich, Southampton, Glasgow and Pembroke.