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FE colleges offer a range of engineering qualifications, including vocational qualifications, A-levels, Highers, and specialist work-related courses. If you are on an apprenticeship you might be required to study at an FE college.
When choosing which engineering qualification to study, it is worth keeping professional registration with the Engineering Council in mind. If you are thinking of studying a vocational qualification, you should try to find one that has been ‘approved’ . This is because approved vocational qualifications have been found to meet, or partially meet, the educational criteria for professional registration as an Engineering Technician (EngTech) or ICT Technician (ICTTech). This will make applying for professional registration more straightforward once you’ve gained the necessary knowledge, skills and work experience, and are ready to apply.
Achieving professional registration means that you can use the relevant letters after your name. This proves to colleagues, employers and customers that you’ve achieved a high standard of engineering professionalism. It also demonstrates that you have the necessary competence to fulfil your role as an engineer or technician, your commitment to being a professional and that you have the work ethic that employers value. This means that professional registration could offer you improved career prospects, higher earning potential and greater influence within your chosen field.
Many approved qualifications can be identified by a special logo, so do look out for this.
More information on choosing an FE college can be found at Tomorrow’s Engineers
While studying you should join a professional engineering institution in your specific field. Many offer either free or reduced rate membership for students and apprentices. You could join more than one. Becoming an institution member looks great on your CV and can provide you with connections and resources to help you to get the most from your studies.
The resources include career advice, newsletters, technical publications and other study materials, and in some cases, a mentor. Many provide access to networks and events where you could meet future employers.
Membership is also the first step in achieving professional registration. If you are undertaking work experience to develop your skills and apply your knowledge in preparation for employment, being a member of an institution could also provide you with an online tool for recording your training and professional development. It is a good idea to start doing this as early as possible and keeping this record will help you when you are ready to apply for professional registration.
After completing further education there are various ways in which your career could develop. You may choose to:
If you aren’t already a member of one of our licensed professional engineering institutions this should be your next step. This will provide you with tailored advice, mentoring and guidance on the application process for professional registration. Not only this, institutions can provide you with networking and professional development opportunities and access to up-to-date industry news and information.
Once you have completed further education and gained the relevant work experience, you should generally be eligible to apply for Engineering Technician (EngTech) or ICT Technician (ICTTech) status depending on the sector you are in and which title your qualification is approved for. Your institution can advise you on this.
Becoming registered with the Engineering Council will help you on your career path. It verifies that your education and experience meet a globally recognised standard and you have demonstrated commitment to your career and profession. This will significantly enhance your CV.
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