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Boost for engineering technicians campaign

15 Apr 14 A campaign to increase the number of accredited engineering technicians has been lifted by a further £2m grant from Lord Sainsbury’s Gatsby Charitable Foundation.

The EngTechNow campaign is led by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and the Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET), in conjunction with the Engineering Council. It was launched last month with the support of an initial £1m donation from the Gatsby Charitable Foundation.

The launch saw commitments from Crossrail, BAE Systems, BAM Nuttall, WS Atkins and NG Bailey to increase the number of EngTechs in their own workforce.

The additional £2m grant will allow the EngTechNow campaign to go fully nationwide, the organisers said. The target is to register 100,000 Engineering Technicians by 2020.

The Gatsby Foundation has also stated its intention to continue funding the project until 2018.

ICE director general Nick Baveystock said: “Engineering Technicians form a vital part of the skills mix, offering specialist skills and techniques and solving complex problems ­– ultimately they help to deliver infrastructure projects efficiently and on time.

“But we must do more to boost their status and show youngsters and employers alike the different paths that can lead to a lifelong career in engineering. This vital, additional support from the Gatsby Foundation is excellent news, enabling us to increase our reach significantly and take this important campaign to the next level.”

Further information about the engineering technician's EngTech qualification can be found at the EngTechNow website: www.engtechnow.com

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