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Technicians campaign names new boss

Engineering technicians profile raising campaign EngTechNow has appointed Blane Judd as its new chief executive.

Judd is former executive director of Norwegian consultant BLTK Consulting.

EngTechNow seeks to raise awareness of the importance of engineering technicians among UK employers and is seeking to get the number of registered engineering technicians up to 100,000 by 2020.

The campaign is a joint project between ICE, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), in conjunction with the Engineering Council. It is supported by the Gatsby Charitable Foundation, which last month donated a further £2M to help take the campaign to the next level.

In March, as part of the EngTechNow campaign launch, Crossrail, global defence company BAE Systems, Bam Nuttall, Atkins and engineering, IT and facilities firm NG Bailey, all committed to increase the number of engineering technicians they employ.

Before working at BLTK Consulting, Judd was group chief executive of the Building and Engineering Services Association. He is a chartered engineer and a Fellow of City & Guilds, the Institution of Engineering and Technology, the Institute of Leadership and Management, the Royal Institution, the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering and the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers.

“Engineering technicians are at the core of every engineering project and are the people with the expertise to turn great engineering ideas into reality,” said Judd.

“Engineering technicians are critical to the UK economy and it is encouraging to see government and industry increasingly seeing the value of the internationally recognised standard of engineering skills and experience professional registration provides. I am looking forward to promoting the hugely important contribution that engineering technicians make in all aspects of engineering and boosting the number of employers willing to support their staff in taking up the opportunity presented by EngTech registration.”

ICE director general, Nick Baveystock, added:”This is a critical time for EngTechNow and I am delighted that Blane Judd will be at the helm to drive this campaign.”

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