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Royal Mail engineers get stamp of approval
Article Type: Notes and news From: Industrial and Commercial Training, Volume 44, Issue 2
The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has reached a landmark in its company-wide engineering professional-registration program with Royal Mail, with 50 front-line engineers having achieved the EngTech (engineering technician) professional-registration category and five managers having reached the IEng (incorporated engineer) level.
With 860 front-line engineering staff and a smaller management-project team, Royal Mail has been working with the IET to develop its highly skilled workforce into a professionally registered one. The scheme was rolled out across Royal Mail’s workforce in 2010 with the aim of all front-line engineers holding at least an EngTech qualification and managers at least IEng.
“We have always had good training programs at Royal Mail, but they are not recognized externally,” commented James Baker, head of central engineering maintenance. “It was important to partner a well-regarded organization to help our professional workforce to develop and gain recognition from the engineering community, and the IET’s broad membership base best reflects our workforce.”
The program has had good feedback from those involved, with many of the engineers who have achieved the EngTech qualification keen to reach the next level.