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Gateways to the Professions

Flexible Pathways to becoming a Professional Engineer

Work-based Learning Programmes

Engage Conference 15th January 2008

Jonathan Ling

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History

2004 Langlands Report on providing “clear, accessible gateways to people who want to pursue professional careers”.

Government’s response to the Report included the announcement of a Gateways Development Fund of £6m over 3 years up to March 2008

ECUK were invited to bid for funding

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ECUK Project: Flexible Pathways to becoming a Professional Engineer

Develop models of flexible pathways into and through HE, leading to professional status in engineering

To benefit those who cannot or are unwilling to undertake an HE based programme

Launch a WBL programme based on the current Kingston model

Project to last up to 2011 with DIUS funding front-loaded over first two years.

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Project Aims

  • To provide routes to professional registration which will integrate education (from Foundation Degrees to Masters level) with supervised work-based professional development, thus potentially satisfying all the requirements for CEng and IEng registration initially and, later, EngTech.
  • To create a set of nationally approved WBL mechanisms that lead to professional status and are adopted by the majority of HEIs and PEIs.
  • To design, validate, launch and accredit pilot programmes at a group of first stage HEIs
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Partners

  • HEIs – Kingston, Northumbria, Hertfordshire & Staffordshire Universities
  • PEIs – IET, RAeS & IMechE
  • Industrial representatives
  • Management
  • Co-managed by ECUK and Kingston University
  • Regular bi-monthly Project Team Meetings
  • Project Team reports to the Project Steering Committee which meets quarterly
uk spec
UK-SPEC

United Kingdom Standard

for

Professional Engineering Competence

  • CEng – Chartered Engineer
  • IEng – Incorporated Engineer
  • EngTech – Engineering Technician

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Professional WBL programmes

Entry Gateway Exit GatewayProfessional Review Interview

Experience and skill-sets required

Underpinning knowledge required

UK-SPEC CompetenceQualification Awarded

(MSc, BEng or TC)

2 to 4 years WBL programme

meeting the uk spec competences
Meeting the UK-SPEC Competences
  • Entry Gateway measures existing competence so determining the basis for the

work-based programme. Learning Contract established.

  • Qualifications are awarded as follows:
        • CEng: Work-based learning Programme is Postgraduate

leading to MSc (180 M Level Credits)

        • IEng: WBL Programme is Post Foundation Degree (or Higher National)

leading to BEng (60 Level 6 Credits or 120 for Hons)

        • EngTech: WBL Programme is Post 16

leading to Level 3 Technical Certificate (NC/ND or equivalent)

  • Professional Development in the work place is mentored, monitored and recorded
  • Exit Gateway contains final assessment and check on competence.

It can contain NVQ assessment at levels 5, 4, or 3 respectively and may be part of

an apprenticeship

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MSc Professional Engineering

Based on Kingston University’s Masters by Learning Contract

CHARTERED ENGINEER (CEng)

INCORPORATED ENGINEER (IEng)

Bachelors Degree final Year

120 (for Hons) or

60 Credits

at level 6

Work Based Bachelors Degree Top –up Year

60 or 120 (Hons) Credits at level 6

or PG Certificate

Bachelors Degree Year 2

120 Credits

Foundation Degree Year 2

30+% delivered in industry

Bachelors Degree Year 1

120 Credits

Foundation Degree Year 1

30+% delivered in industry

Engineering Technician (EngTech)

Foundation Degree Year 0 including work based learning and experience

Entry Qualifications

A-Levels, Baccalaureate, National Qualifications etc

Work Based Learning and Vocational Experience within an

Advanced Apprenticeship (Technical Certificate and NVQ Level 3)

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MSc Professional Engineering

Intending participant completes a Professional Development Audit to determine the gap between current competences and those of UK-SPEC. This is part of the Learning Contract process, and provides academic credit

  • Writes goals or agrees modular programme and agrees Learning Contract to meet:
    • QAA M-level requirements in the work-based learning contract template
    • UK-SPEC competence requirements

No

Does participant have exemplifying qualifications?

Is the evidence of competence from the Professional Development Audit sufficient to consider participant as a potential CEng Candidate?

Yes

Yes

Are Learning Contract intended outcomes sufficient to consider participant as potential CEng Candidate?

No

No

Yes

Learning Contract submitted to University’s Board of Study for approval as an MSc Professional Engineering participant. PEI membership sought.

Learning Contract submitted to University’s Board of Study for approval as an MSc Technology student – not subject to UK-SPEC Competence assessment.

Participant sufficiently meets all Learning Outcomes for HEI award? UK-SPEC competences met?

Participant sufficiently meets all Learning Outcomes for HEI award?

Yes

Yes

SUCCESS

in PEI

Professional Review

& P R Interview

SUCCESS

In HEI

Viva Voce Examination

Yes

Yes

CEng REGISTRATION

MSc AWARDED

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A Learning Contract

An individually designed programme specifying outcome(s), activities, assessment criteria and mode of assessment. Learning outcomes may be delivered within a series of “modules”

Projects

APEL

TM

APCL

Company

Courses

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issues
Issues
  • Challenging timescales
  • Familiarisation with concept (accreditation/registration issues)
  • Professional Development records
  • Mentoring
  • Programme cannot be marketed as a ‘guaranteed route’ to registration
  • IEng and EngTech programmes

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Further information

  • “DfES” and PEIs receive regular reports and updates
  • “engineering Gateways” electronic newsletter published quarterly
  • www.engineeringgateways.co.uk
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