For many years Score Group plc has benefited from a close collaboration with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) which represents and promotes the interests of more than 100,000 professional engineers in 139 countries.
Speaking during his introduction to an Award Ceremony held at Peterhead on 21st May, the benefits of the IMechE membership to Score employees and to the Institution were emphasised by Conrad Ritchie, Deputy Managing Director, Score (Europe) Limited. This theme of mutual benefit was continued by Steven Tetlow (CEO of the IMechE) who spoke of his own career development, beginning many years ago as an apprentice engineer. Steven went on to congratulate Score on the size and quality of its Modern Apprenticeship scheme, which he regarded as probably the finest in the country.
These benefits were demonstrated at this specially arranged ceremony where the Institution’s Eng.Tech certificates were awarded to 16 recently time-served Score apprentices, now entitled, along with more than 70 other Score group engineers, to display the prestigious ‘Eng.Tech.MIMechE’ qualification after their names. This international recognition is confirmed by royal charter and by the Engineering Council.
In front of a large audience of Score engineering apprentices and other staff, 9 of these young engineers (7 men and 2 women) were introduced individually by Scott Will, Technical Sales Director of Score Europe Limited, who gave an outline of their Score apprenticeship experience and career to date. Each engineer, in turn, was presented with their certificate and then congratulated by Steven Tetlow and Mike Billington (Engineering Director, Score Europe Limited).
Scott then described how the importance of this universally recognised professional qualification cannot be over-emphasised. As well as providing prestige, the Eng.Tech is also the first stage in the career path of ambitious engineering technicians and leads to a formal recognition of their career development and achievement, which in turn may help to boost earning potential.
Scott is well qualified to talk about the IMechE and its benefits for continuing career development up to degree level, as he has been active within Score in promoting Score’s participation in the Institution’s MPDS graduate scheme. Indeed, his achievements at Score have led to him recently being awarded the CEngMIMechE, which is the IMechE’s top Chartered Engineering qualification.
Towards the end of the ceremony Scott was presented with this award by Mike Billington, amidst warm applause from the assembled apprentices, some of whom would hopefully progress along the same graduate career path with Score Group.
In summing up, Conrad Ritchie, after thanking the IMechE for their participation in the Awards Ceremony, reminded the Score apprentices and time-served engineers of the information, guidance, support, international recognition and training which the IMechE provides. However, as Conrad emphasised once again, it’s up to each individual to be an active and dynamic participant in order to reap the many benefits of membership.