A blueprint for raising engineers’ status and improving their training and development was published last week.
`For too long engineers in the UK have not had the same status as other professionals like doctors and lawyers, despite the fact that they are ultimately responsible for creating our wealth and improving our standard of living,’ said Graham Mackenzie, director-general of the Engineering Employers’ Federation.
Sixteen thousand copies of a new EEFhandbook, Engineering our Future, are being sent to employers. The book, described as `a definitive guide to good practice in the career development of engineers’, asks employers if they are doing everything possible to develop staff.
A second EEF publication, Engineering your Future, is a guide for young engineers on career planning. Around 50,000 copies will be given to engineering graduates.
Mackenzie, who chaired the task force which created the two publications, said `the growth of our engineering is in small and medium-sized businesses’.
At the launch of the publications, the Department of Trade and Industry’s Dr David Evans said the Royal Academy of Engineering would boost places at its summer schools to 895 by 1998 – up from 335 in 1993.