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BT gives a voice to professional registration

BT works hard in partnership with the IET to promote professional development and accreditation for its engineering and technology professionals. 

Michelle Richmond, IET Director of Membership with BT's Howard Watson

Following the signing of a partnership agreement between BT and the IET in April this year, the company has been working hard to promote professional development and accreditation for its engineers and technicians.

To make the most of this relationship, senior engineer Jeff Deslandes, already professionally registered as a Chartered Engineer (CEng) and currently working as Chief Architect for BT’s Voice and Multimedia platforms, was invited to take on the position of IET champion. In this role, and with the support of nominated IET industry representatives Nick Edwards (OpenReach) and Richard Davison (Technology, Services and Operations), Jeff’s goal is to promote the IET across all BT units and locations.

Supporting staff to become professionally registered

BT is also working closely with the IET to raise the number of professionally registered engineers and technicians within the organisation, and is supporting staff through providing IET membership, mentors and training.

“BT currently supports the professional registration and membership fees for its staff, with payment for one professional institution associated with, and relevant to an individual’s day-to-day work. In this respect the IET is uniquely placed to address the needs of many BT people,” says Jeff.

“The IET reps and I are also busy identifying individuals who need training as IET mentors, and ensuring, through an intranet SharePoint site, that individuals can easily match up with a mentor when they need one,” he continues. “We’re recommending that staff make the most of IET tools such as Career Manager and are looking to roll out some training on using that tool to all new professional registration applicants,” he adds.

Jeff and his colleagues are continuing to support staff that are already working towards professional registration. In the first few months of the partnership several engineers have already achieved CEng status.

Recent success stories

Amir Rashid is a Lead Network Designer for OpenReach’s Next Generation Access (NGA) network, working on Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC) and Fibre to the Premise (FTTP) technologies. He had been aware of professional registration since university, and decided to work towards CEng in order to be recognised by an external professional body made up of peers from the engineering community.

“CEng means that I now am recognised as having a professional status that shows I have achieved a high level of practical experience within the engineering community. It also demonstrates to my employer that I am committed to continuous professional development and that is backed up by the Engineering Council,” he says.