This site provides information about a pathway to professional qualification for working engineers without the full exemplifying academic qualifications, who are interested in becoming professionally qualified and are unable to commit to full-time study. With the support of their employer, employees are able to demonstrate the required competences for professional registration (UK-SPEC) at the same time as meeting the learning outcomes for an academic qualification.
The framework for this route was developed as part of a government-funded initiative 'Gateways to the Professions'. The Engineering Council led the work which also involved universities, Professional Engineering Institutions (PEIs) and employer representatives.
A Learning Contract approach is used and successful completion leads to the award of an appropriate academic qualification (Masters or Bachelors degree) and eligibility to apply for a Professional Review Interview with a participating Professional Engineering Institution. A summary of the pathway and benefits is here. Individuals enrol with one of the participating universities. Programmes at other universities are being developed.
The Engineering Gateways programmes lead to either a Bachelors or MSc Professional Engineering Degree, for those aiming to become an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) or a Chartered Engineer (CEng).
The bespoke nature of the learning means that it is not always possible for Engineering Gateways degrees to be accredited, so they may not be included on the Academic Courses Accreditation Database (ACAD). They are recognised by participating PEis and the Engineering Council as a planned pathway towards registration.
An interim Registration Protocol between the Engineering Council and the Professional Engineering Institutions describes the process for the registration of candidates enrolled on the programmes. Interested PEIs are invited to contact the Engineering Council.
A toolkit for universities interested in adopting the engineering gateways model has been developed with funding from the National HE STEM programme's workforce development programme. The toolkit is available by clicking on the image of the toolkit on the right hand side of this page or in hard copy from firstname.lastname@example.org
The engineering gateways framework provides flexible work-based learning 'escalator' that allows progression to professional registration without the need to leave work, minimising the level of debt incurred and at the same time maximising employment and earnings prospects.
Reports evaluating the engineering gateways initiative reveal positive feedback from all stakeholders and are available here.