SOE gets behind Engineering Technicians initiative 02 July 2013

The Society of Operations Engineers (SOE) has welcomed the prime minister's new campaign for a major increase in the number of Engineering Technicians (EngTechs) in the UK.

There are currently around 14,500 technicians with EngTech status in the UK, but, according to the Engineering Council, there are about 1 million more technicians eligible for registration.

The drive announced by the prime minister last week (24 June 2013) specifically involves IMechE, IET and ICE, which together aim to register an extra 100,000 technicians in the next five years.

That leaves a vast pool of potential technician talent, eligible for EngTech enrolment, and SOE sees a major role ahead.

"The Society of Operations Engineers strongly supports the registration of EngTechs as a way of promoting career development and supporting UK industry," comments Nick Jones, chief executive of SOE.

"As a member of the Engineering Council's Technician Registration and Membership [TRaM] project, the SOE wholeheartedly encourages an integrated approach to technician registration."

As part of its strategic aims, SOE has remained a major contributor to the registration of EngTechs with the Engineering Council, being one of the leading professional engineering institutions for registering EngTechs over the past five years.

EngTech is awarded to those contributing to the operation and maintenance of products, equipment, processes and services across all branches of industry.

Brian Tinham

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