Future Professionals Programme accredited by DIT

Future Professionals Programme accredited by DIT

25 September 2012 at 11:08

Engineers Ireland is delighted to announce that their Future Professionals Programme has now been accredited by Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT).  The course was designed with industry collaboration to give graduate engineers essential skills for the 21st century. The DIT partnership will result in awards at Level 9 on the Irish National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) being made to successful participants in the Engineers Ireland ‘Future Professionals Programme’.

Speaking on the announcement John Power, Director General said; "This initiative is a first-of-its-kind in Ireland in providing formal, blended and on-line learning for engineering graduates who wish to progress their careers and make a meaningful contribution to their workplace and society. The underpinning ethos of the programme is to encourage the emergence and growth of T-shaped engineers who are strong in their chosen discipline but also adept at collaboration, communication, creativity and critical-thinking. This philosophy matches the 21st century skills-requirements of leading engineering organisation globally."

Two strands of the graduate programme were launched in 2011 to meet the core needs of engineering-led employers.

The first strand, the Graduate Transition Programme, is designed to equip recent graduates with the necessary skills to move successfully from full-time study to the workplace. Under the new agreement, the engineers on the programme can be awarded a CPD Certificate in Professional Engineering (NFQ Level 9, 5 ECTS).

The second strand, the Professional Progression Programme, aims to broaden and deepen the skills required by professional engineers in the initial years of their professional career. Successful participants on this 18-month programme will gain a CPD Diploma in Professional Engineering (NFQ Level 9, 30 ECTS).

In 2012, this innovative programme received an ‘Outstanding Achievement’ national training award from the Irish Institute of Training and Development (IITD) National Training Awards in recognition of the research, design, development and implementation.

To find out more about the programme and the next intake of engineers please visit www.engineersireland.ie/cpd/future

Photo:

Front L to R:  David Fahey, MIEI, and Orlaith O’Brien, MIEI, participants on the Engineers Ireland ‘Future Professionals Programme’. Back, L To R: Professor Brian Norton, President, DIT and John Power, Chartered Engineer, Director General, Engineers Ireland.