Media release - 17/4/2009

Fair Access to Engineering

The Engineering Council UK (ECUK) and the Engineering and Technology Board (ETB) have welcomed a report by The Rt Hon Alan Milburn MP’s Cabinet Office Panel on Fair Access to the Professions, especially their finding that, by comparison with other professions, engineering is a UK wide profession with extensive opportunities available to those living outside London.

Published earlier this week, the report examined a number of issues facing various professions in the UK, including geographical equality. The Panel found that when compared with other professions such as banking & finance, law and IT, engineering has much more inclusive geographical spread, with 80% of internships and work experience placements being available outside London.
This confirms the perception of engineering as being significantly more geographically diverse than other major professions, reflecting the importance of engineering as a contributor to the economy, infrastructure and society across the whole of the UK. In fact, of the 250,000 professional engineers domiciled in the UK and registered with ECUK more than 97% are based outside of Central London.

Andrew Ramsay, Chief Executive of ECUK said: “With a long tradition of access from non-traditional backgrounds and from all regions of the UK, engineering is a profession in which it is possible to progress through a wide variety of Higher, Further and vocational education routes. Qualification to Engineering Technician level and beyond can be achieved via apprenticeships, vocational courses, Higher Nationals, Foundation Degrees and a variety of other flexible routes, providing opportunities for any individual to achieve a senior position of responsibility. This goes to show that engineering is a great career, offering a multitude of opportunities.”

Note to editors
About Engineering Council UK
ECUK holds the national register of Chartered Engineers (CEng), Incorporated Engineers (IEng), Engineering Technicians (EngTech) and Information and Communication Technology Technicians (ICTTech). It also sets and maintains the internationally recognised standards of competence and ethics that govern the award and retention of these titles. By this means it is able to ensure that employers, government and wider society – both at home and overseas – can have confidence in the skills and commitment of registrants. To apply for the CEng, IEng, EngTech or ICTTech titles an individual must be a member of one of the 36 engineering institutions and societies currently licensed by ECUK to assess candidates. Applicants must demonstrate that they possess a range of technical and personal competences and are also committed to keeping these up-to-date, and to behaving in a professionally and socially responsible manner. For more information visit:

Contacts for Press Enquiries
Sue Brough, Communications Manager, Engineering Council UK
Tel: 020 3206 0574

Gareth Lyon, Communications Executive, EngineeringUK
Tel: 020 3206 0445 or (m) 07887 943 017