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Press releases 2020

Recognition of professional qualifications and regulation of professions

Published: 06/11/2020

The Engineering Council has responded to the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) call for evidence on recognition of professional qualifications and regulation of professions. Our response sets out that any future system for the recognition of professional qualifications should include reciprocal recognition for UK engineers who wish to work/live overseas. …

Charles Nicklin CEng MIAgrE becomes CEO of the Institution of Agricultural Engineers

Charles Nicklin CEng MIAgrE becomes CEO of the Institution of Agricultural Engineers

Published: 07/10/2020

Charlie Nicklin joins the Institution of Agricultural Engineers (IAgrE) after 24 years with JCB in design and manufacture. A Chartered Engineer (CEng), Charlie has held various senior leadership roles at JCB …

Built environment and fire industries set out blueprint for improving competence and driving culture change

Built environment and fire industries set out blueprint for improving competence and driving culture change

Published: 05/10/2020

A blueprint to improve competence for those working on higher-risk buildings and drive culture change has been set out by a cross-industry group representing more than 150 organisations in the fire and built environment industries. …

Spending Review must support innovation to improve resilience and cut carbon emissions, say engineers

Spending Review must support innovation to improve resilience and cut carbon emissions, say engineers

Published: 30/09/2020

The government’s Spending Review should include support for innovation, especially to achieve the aims of net zero emissions, resilient infrastructure and nationwide digitalisation, according to recommendations published by the National Engineering Policy Centre (NEPC) today. …

Engineering makes up 18% of the UK working population

Engineering makes up 18% of the UK working population

Published: 29/09/2020

New Engineering Council report 'Mapping the UK's Engineering Workforce' sets out the contribution engineering makes to the UK workforce as a whole and in each region. The UK’s engineering workforce is over 5.5 million people, with a huge range of knowledge and skills, who are creating growth, solving complex problems and shaping our future …

Registrants recognised by Royal Academy of Engineering among pioneering engineers

Registrants recognised by Royal Academy of Engineering among pioneering engineers

Published: 14/09/2020

The Engineering Council would like to congratulate the registrants recognised by the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) among their 2020 award winners, announced today. These RAEng awards and medals celebrate engineering excellence and seek to recognise and reward the very best of engineering talent. …

Revised Engineering Council standards published

Revised Engineering Council standards published

Published: 01/09/2020

The Engineering Council has published new editions of its internationally-recognised standards of professional competence and commitment. …

Engineering Council 2021 registration fees frozen

Engineering Council 2021 registration fees frozen

Published: 13/08/2020

Engineering Council registration fees will be frozen for 2021, with no increase from 2020. Mindful of the significant economic pressures on companies and registrants, the Engineering Council and EngineeringUK have agreed an approach to manage both organisations with the same combined fee income as 2020. This means the fee structure remains unchanged, with reduced annual fees available for registrants experiencing financial hardship. …

Engineering Council welcomes draft Building Safety Bill

Engineering Council welcomes draft Building Safety Bill

Published: 11/08/2020

The Engineering Council welcomes the publication of the draft Building Safety Bill and recognises that this is a significant and positive step on the journey towards safer buildings. Professional Engineering Institutions (PEIs) whose members’ work has an impact on building safety continue to work with the Engineering Council to raise the competence of engineering professionals. …

Changes to the EQA process

Changes to the EQA process

Published: 10/08/2020

The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE) has announced it will move to a new simplified External Quality Assurance (EQA) system, following a public consultation launched in February this year. The changes will see EQA delivered by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) or, for integrated degree apprenticeships, the Office for Students (OfS). …

Brexit and professional recognition - update

Brexit and professional recognition - update

Published: 30/07/2020

The Engineering Council is the UK partner in organisations and signatory to agreements that facilitate the international mobility of engineering professionals. Following the passage of the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill 2019-20, the UK government continues to negotiate a potential trade deal with the EU. …