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Gateways to the professions flexible pathways to becoming a professional engineer

Gateways to the Professions

Flexible Pathways to becoming a Professional Engineer

Work-based Learning Programmes

Engage Conference 15th January 2008

Jonathan Ling


Gateways to the professions flexible pathways to becoming a professional engineer

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


Gateways to the professions flexible pathways to becoming a professional engineer

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.


Gateways to the professions flexible pathways to becoming a professional engineer

  • 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


Gateways to the professions flexible pathways to becoming a professional engineer

  • 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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Gateways to the professions flexible pathways to becoming a professional engineer

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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    Gateways to the professions flexible pathways to becoming a professional engineer

    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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    Gateways to the professions flexible pathways to becoming a professional engineer

    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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    Gateways to the professions flexible pathways to becoming a professional engineer

    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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    Gateways to the professions flexible pathways to becoming a professional engineer

    • Further information

    • “DfES” and PEIs receive regular reports and updates

    • “engineering Gateways” electronic newsletter published quarterly

    • www.engineeringgateways.co.uk


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