A campaign to convince industry of the merits of employing IEng registered engineers is to be launched by the Engineering Council.
‘Not enough employers understand the benefits of registration or the differences between chartered and incorporated degrees,’ said Andrew Ramsay, director of engineers’ registration at the Engineering Council. ‘The campaign will address those issues.’
The campaign will begin this autumn in parallel with the engineering profession’s £5m a year advertising programme to boost its image.
Ramsay said engineering firms employ four times as many chartered engineers, whose skills are more knowledge and understanding based, than incorporated engineers, who have more ‘hands-on’ skills.
‘Employers are not getting the skills they need and chartered engineers are often doing work best suited to an incorporated engineer,’ he said.
Last year the council set new standards in education and initial professional training that engineers must meet to be registered Standards and Routes to Registration (Sartor).
This raised entry standards for the four-year CEng degree and created a three-year IEng degree, which has at its core the technical content of an HND. Sartor also put more emphasis on continuous professional review.