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The Engineering Council’s An- nual Registration Statistics for 2010 show that the growing awareness and appreciation of the benefits of professional reg- istration among the engineering professionand its key employers has resulted in a dramatic in- crease inthenumber ofnewreg- istrants during 2010. Compared to 2009, there has


been an increase of 26% in the number of newCharteredEngi- neers (CEngs), a 64%increase in IncorporatedEngineers (IEngs), and a 12%increase inEngineer- ing Technician (EngTech) regis- trations.This represents the sec- ond year of growth for both the IEng and CEng and the sixth consecutive year that the num-


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Engineering Council announces increased registrations in 2010


ber of new EngTechs has risen. JonPrichard,ChiefExecutive


Officer of theEngineeringCoun- cil, said: “Ensuring that the UK employs sufficient highly skilled and professionally qualified en- gineers tomeet the needs of so- ciety is vital to our future well- being.Registration provides the benchmark through which the public can have confidence and trust that those holding the titles work to the highest standards and have had their competences independently and thoroughly assessed.Without this,UKqual- ifiedengineerswouldnot be able tomaintainthe high esteemthat they currently hold within the global engineering profession. “TheUKhas an ageing popu-


lation, and with the number of registrants agedover60still rep- resenting 37.4% of those on the register, the inevitable loss of skills and knowledge over the coming years remains of con- cern. Therefore, working to en- sure an increase in new regis- trants, and retaining those who are professionally qualified for the fulldurationof theirworking life, is ofkey strategic importance to the engineering profession.” Significant effort is being


made by employers, universities and professional bodies to en- sure that a constant supply of professionally qualified engi- neers is available to take the pro- fessionforwardtomeet the chal- lenges of the future. This


includes providing information for engineering students about how professional registration should provide an important milestone in their career devel- opment, an initiativewhichwill have contributed to an increase over the last year inthose achiev- ing registered status earlier in their careers. The newest section of the reg-


ister, for Information and Com- munications Technology Tech- nicians (ICTTech), which has now been open for nearly two years and is available only through the IET at present, has seen a slow but steady take up, with almost 100registrants hav- ing completed the registration process during 2010.


SEE helps to launch professional developmentwebsite


The SEE, in association with other institutions and theEngi- neering Council, has developed an on-line systemto record pro- fessional development activities in both CPD and IPD. It is called MyPath and is free of charge. It benefits young members


who have just started their ca- reer and want to record their professional


development


against the competences inUK- Spec for EngTech, IEng and CEng and the Society for the Environment as well as more experienced members looking for an effective way to record their CPD. Continuing professional de-


velopment (CPD) is obligatory for all practising professionals so theymay exercise the highest standards of professional judg- ment and competence. CPDis defined as: systematic im- and of


“The


maintenance, provement broadening


knowledge and skill, and the development of personal qualities necessary for the ex- ecution of profes- sional and technical duties throughout the individual’s working life.” Continued registration with SEE implies compliance with


Registration with SEE implies compliance with CPD


CPDrequirements. It is a regis- trant’s responsibility to record CPD activities, which should contribute to professional de- velopment and enhance em- ployability. Evidence of CPD will be ex- pected from those who wish to register with theEngineering Council and/or the Society for the Envi- ronment. Registrants and aspiring registrants


fromSEE and its collaborating institutions can register forMy- Path by contacting the SEESec- retariat for a password. The MyPath systemcan then be ac-


cessed and used through the SEE website (www.environ- mental.org.uk). Data submitted or uploaded


to MyPath by users will be stored on a secure server in the UK which is managed by the Engineering Council. Please note files of up to 16MB can be uploaded toMyPath. The Society does notmonitor


the progress of MyPath users (unlike other online schemes). Users have sole responsibility for ensuring their records are regularly reviewed and updated. MyPath is a tool to support


users and it is not mandatory to use it to gain registration through the Society.


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