Posted: Friday 26th February 2010

Careers prospects for engineers in the water industry are being boosted by an offer of free professional registration to Chartered Engineer (CEng), Incorporated Engineer (IEng) or Engineering Technician (EngTech) status.

The Institute of Water, the UK’s only professional body dedicated to supporting the careers of people working in the UK water industry, is waiving its usual £164.50 professional registration fee until the end of June.

According to the Engineering Council, there has been a marked increase in demand for professional registration and, given the economic climate, the Institute of Water is now aiming to help more engineers to progress in their careers.

“Becoming registered is an increasingly important career move for engineers,” said the Institute of Water’s chief executive, Lynn Cooper.

“Not only does registration improve job security and career prospects, but surveys show that average salaries are much higher than those of non-chartered engineers. The difference can be around 40 per cent for a 45-year-old.

“The Institute of Water is dedicated to supporting the careers of people working at all levels across the industry and has made this offer in recognition of the challenges many engineers face given the current economic climate.”

Michael Fowle, the Institute of Water’s vice president engineering added: “In today’s business environment the achievement of engineering registration makes sense for both employers and employees.

“For the individual, recognition of achievements is particularly satisfying and in a market where many jobs are at risk, registration makes an individual more employable and again can be a differentiator.

“I have been a Chartered Engineer for 34 years and was one of the first to transfer my registration to the Institute of Water.

“Water engineering is an essential part of tackling climate change and thus the need for water engineers is as great as ever. The registration service provided by the Institute of Water is of great benefit to the industry.”

To apply for the free offer, engineers should email info@instituteofwater.org.uk or telephone 0191 422 0088 for more information and application forms.

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