Research by the Electrician Technician Registration has found that "a lack of recognised standards for industry competence" is restricting both electricians' ability and their eventual career progression.
The study looked at how electricians' perceived their professional and discovered many were confused about what constitutes "competence" and which industry bodies could be called upon for careers guidance. Participants in the research also claimed that the vast amount of electrical qualifications available to them made it difficult to decide which routes of study to take in order to gain professional recognition. They also agreed that without a visible benefit of pursuing such qualifications, they feel no reason to aspire toward them.
In an attempt to address these concerns, the Technical Advisory Panel and Steering group (TAPS) - a collaboration of bodies including the IET, the Engineering Council, Electrical Contractors' Association and the Joint Industry Board, will now act on these key issues highlighted in the research;
- Developing careers pathways to enable professional recognition for electricians to progress to engineering technician.
- Adopting a 'one body' consistent approach to providing advice on a national scale with an electrician technician membership package.
- Mapping the engineering technician professional standards to the established industry competence card schemes, NVQs and apprenticeship frameworks.
- Promoting the benefits of gaining engineering technician recognition to support career progression.
The full report can be found HERE
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