Focusing on technicians

IET Chief Executive Nigel Fine attended the first meeting of the UK government’s new Technician Council on Thursday 29 July 2010.

The IET is the only engineering institution to have been offered a seat on the Council, which has been established with the following aims:

  • To raise the professional status and esteem of technicians
  • To ensure that there are appropriate technical training routes
  • To strengthen the infrastructure that underpins the training of technicians 

During the meeting at The Royal Academy of Engineering in London, issues discussed included benchmarking the role of technicians and advancing the technician agenda.

Nigel Fine said: “The first Technician Council meeting made a good start and there is a wave of optimism for what the Council can achieve. In engineering we have a clear definition of the important role and contribution made by technicians. Through the Council there is now the opportunity to work with other sectors to encourage improvements and positive changes across the technician community.”

The IET’s involvement in this new group complements its broader strategy to improve the products and services offered to technicians.

Moving forward, the IET has plans to create better resources and more tailored services for the technician community and to generally increase support and recognition for this important professional group.

The next Technician Council meeting is scheduled for October 2010.

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