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New agreements support professional development in the Royal Navy

The Royal Navy recently amended its two special registration agreements with the IET in order to improve inclusivity across the ranks.

Chief Naval Engineering Officer, Vice Admiral Simon Lister with IET Vice President Dr David Evans. A signing ceremony for the reviewed documents was held at HMS Collingwood as part of the Chief Naval Engineering Officer’s Annual Conference. IET Vice President Dr David Evans and Vice Admiral Simon Lister, the Chief Naval Engineering Officer for the Royal Navy, signed on behalf of the two organisations. The registration agreement is a tool that enables the IET to recruit members and professional registrants from Royal Navy’s Weapons and CIS divisions and the Fleet Air Arm.

What does the new amendment mean?

This agreement was amended to enable improved inclusivity, ensuring that membership is applicable to more ranks and roles. The new agreement also takes into account the changes that have happened under the Royal Navy’s new Faraday programme, where the CIS division has been brought into the Weapons Engineering branch. Less focused on rank, the updated agreement relies more on the Royal Navy to select those who it believes meet the underpinning knowledge, understanding and competences for the various registration levels. The agreement is also a commitment between the Royal Navy and the IET to continue to work closely together, promoting the benefits of IET membership and professional registration. This also closely aligns with the joint Professional Engineering Institution defence strategy of which the IET is a signatory.