Students benefit from professional body membership

Students at Shrewsbury College can now join the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) as affiliate members thanks to the certification of a professional development scheme.

The College was awarded membership to the Institution’s Engineering Technician Development Scheme earlier this month, allowing Apprentices and BTEC Diploma students to join the UK’s fastest growing professional engineering institution, which boasts more than 92,000 members.

Dave Morris, Assistant Head of School for Technology at Shrewsbury College, said: “For students, having the right professional qualifications is crucial to achieving career success. The College is committed to lifelong learning and career development and the approved status means that in addition to completing their qualification, successful candidates will also receive independent verification of the skills and experience that they have gained through study and employment."

“Ultimately this shows that they are part of the world wide community of professional engineers and have tangible evidence to show employers that they are fully competent and professionally qualified engineering technicians. This will put them ahead of the crowd and gives them the opportunity to stand apart from those who have no professional registration.”

While studying at the College, students are entitled to free affiliate membership. This allows them to attend IMechE events and grants them access to a range of resources free of charge. In addition, the Institution has £450,000 to award each year in the form of prizes, scholarships and awards which are only available to members.
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