Professional Engineering Institutions lay foundations for action in 2013

Institutions hold first meeting of the Professional Engineering Forum Plenary Conference. The first annual conference of the newly formed Professional Engineering Forum Plenary took place on Friday 30 November at the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

Marking the tenth anniversary of EngineeringUK and the Engineering Council, CEOs from professional institutions across engineering came together to lay the framework for collaborative action at a national level on issues that matter most to the engineering sector.

The meeting heard from Robin Mellors-Bourne of CRAC, the Career Development Organisation, about the current state of careers information and guidance in schools and the implications for engineering, and from Matthew Harrison about the business case for diversity in engineering. Paul Jackson provided the Forum with a preview of Engineering UK: state of engineering 2013, helping the engineering community to identify challenges for joint action. Matthew Hancock MP gave an overview of current education and business reforms and stated the importance of “getting it right” in terms of ensuring appropriate numbers of people are entering the engineering profession across all levels. 

The afternoon session saw the group debate the key issues for engineering and develop potential projects to be taken forward by cross-institutional groups.

Nigel Fine Chief Executive of the IET and Chair of the Professional Engineering Forum Plenary, said: “The first Plenary Conference was a great success and helped to establish the groundwork for 2013. Going forward, the Professional Engineering Forum will give all Professional Engineering Institutions the opportunity to engage in and benefit from closer collaboration. The Forum will focus on the values and vision shared across the engineering community and will work together in partnership to make real impact on matters affecting us all. The annual conference will give all PEIs the opportunity to set the agenda for engineering.”

The new Forum comprises all of the Professional Engineering Institutions together with EngineeringUK, Engineering Council and the Royal Academy of Engineering. It provides a structure for discussion and agreement on issues of mutual interest and acts as the voice of the profession to Government on joined up messages that cut across all engineering disciplines.

The Professional Engineering Forum (PEF) replaces the CEO level meetings of E4E and Engineering the Future, as well as the Professional Panel.

Jon Prichard, Engineering Council; Matthew Hancock MP; Paul Jackson, EngineeringUK


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EngineeringUK is an independent organisation that promotes the vital contribution of engineers, engineering and technology in our society. EngineeringUK partners business and industry, government and the wider science and engineering community: producing evidence on the state of engineering, sharing knowledge within engineering and inspiring young people to choose a career in engineering, matching employers’ demand for skills. For more information about EngineeringUK please visit

Engineering UK 2013: The state of Engineering is an annual report on the state of UK engineering and the cornerstone of wider policy output. To read the report, go to 

Image: Jon Prichard, Engineering Council; Matthew Hancock MP; Paul Jackson, EngineeringUK