LONDON The U.K's Engineering and Technology Board (ETB), the Engineering Council U.K. (ECUK), together with institutions and business are coming together to explore ways to encourage more engineers to seek professional recognition.
A workshop in central London on November 8 will consider how best to promote professional institution membership and national registration to engineers and engineering technicians.
Professional registration is seen as an essential milestone in engineers’ career development and helps to ensure that all the building blocks are in place for a successful career. It is also accepted internationally which the organizers say an increasingly important factor in underwriting global trade.
Employers can also benefit from the critical assessment of training and qualifications and the corroborating evidence of competence that registration provides.
The workshop will provide a forum for invited senior managers and marketing and HR executives from professional engineering institutions and employers to share their experience.
The event will be chaired by Professor Bill Banks, deputy president of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and a former chairman of the Engineering Professors’ Council. It will try and identify new strategies and marketing initiatives to address the issues that inhibit applications for recognition.
“UK engineers are fortunate in having access to a strong and competitive system of professional societies providing a wide range of cost-effective services. Better, more consistent marketing will make these benefits available to the many engineers who are missing out,” said Andrew Ramsay, ECUK’s CEO.
The Engineering Council U.K. (ECUK) regulates the UK’s engineering profession, setting and maintaining standards of competence and ethics for engineers, technologists and technicians. It operates through 36 engineering institutions, who are licensed to assess members for inclusion on the ECUK Register of Engineers. This has three sections: Chartered Engineer, Incorporated Engineer and Engineering Technician, titles that are protected under the Engineering Council’s Royal Charter and can only be used by registrants. ECUK also formally represents the interests of UK engineers abroad.