IET member Richard Green has become the first and youngest CEng graduate of the Engineering Gateways scheme.
Green was studying a flexible work-based MSc Progessional Engineering, which provides a pathway to professional engineering registration, as part of the Engineering Gateways initiative which was launched by the Engineering council five years ago.
The MSc is part of the initiative in collaboration with four universities and three professional engineering institutions, including the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).
“We are delighted that an exceptional young IET member has become the first Chartered Engineer through this route,” said Michelle Richmond, the IET Director of Membership and Professional Development
“Richard is an outstanding engineer, who demonstrates what can be achieved when a committed individual is offered the right opportunities.”
As well as gaining the academic requirement for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status through the MSc, Green was also able to use work from this degree to underpin the development of some of the required competences.
Together with the competences he has acquired through work, he was quickly able to apply to the IET for his professional review interview for CEng.
“The combination of vocational and academic study has really contributed to my success, allowing me to apply theory to practice and vice versa,” said Green.
“This work-based model of education is very rewarding and provides skills and knowledge that are not easily delivered in the class-room.”
Engineering Council says the initiative offers "substantial benefits to both individuals and their employers" as it enables engineers to pursue a degree programme and structure their MSc learning around the professional engineering tasks they undertake at work, without the disruption of time away from their company.
“We would like to congratulate Richard on achieving CEng status,” said Jon Prichard, CEO of the Engineering Council.
“This is an important milestone in the development of the Engineering Gateways scheme.
“In addition to his own hard work, Richard’s success has been made possible by the valuable contribution of all our partners in the development of the programme – employers, universities and professional engineering institutions.”
Green graduated earlier this year from Kingston University in London, one of the four higher education institutions initially involved in the programme and his route to CEng began with completion of an Advanced Apprenticeship, while studying part time for an ONC and two HNCs in engineering.
He then took two part time Bachelors degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Business Management at Hull, achieving a first in each subject.
“Richard is an excellent example of how this approach can enable engineers to achieve an MSc and then CEng, whilst still working full time,” said Mike Hope, leader of work-based learning at Kingston University’s Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing.
“It covers both academic and professional aspects, and included input to Richard from Stephen Jones of Sellafield, one of the university’s team of industry based consultants.”
Green currently works for Eggborough Power as an Engineer, specialising in life extension projects, in particular emissions reduction and renewable power.
“We are proud of Richard’s achievement and are fully supportive of this programme,” said Paul Cook, Engineering Director from Eggborough Power.
“Richard is the first of four employees on the scheme to have graduated and achieved CEng.
“For us, having staff with Chartered status is important because this demonstrates the industry gold standard to our clients and denotes a high level of knowledge and experience.
“For the individuals, too, being a CEng means that their professional competence is recognised, which greatly adds to their employability in the workforce.”
More than 70 individuals in a range of companies are now enrolled on the MSc Professional Engineering programmes at five higher education institutions, with numbers set to grow.
In total 14 professional engineering institutions have now signed up to support these programmes.
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