This June, Royal Mail welcomed IET representatives to its Sheffield Mail Centre to celebrate the site becoming the first large plant to reach a 100 per cent professionally registered workforce.
The IET’s Professional Registration Manager Stephanie Smith and Membership Communications Manager Laura Beard interviewed the team of newly qualified Engineering Technicians (EngTechs) before being treated to a tour of the impressive facility.
“This scheme is a great way for our skills to be recognised outside of Royal Mail,” says newly registered EngTech John Steward. “It has changed the way the company trains people. Professional registration is now stated on job descriptions, which is raising standards. Also, it’s good for new apprentices coming in, as EngTech is now built into the course,” he adds.
The team is hugely proud that the Sheffield Mail Centre has been named the first Royal Mail site to achieve 100 per cent professional registration. “We have a healthy competition between the other sites,” says fellow EngTech Roger Hibberd. “The Tyneside and Nottingham sites were close behind us so it was great when we found out we were first!” “Royal Mail is a Corporate Partner of the IET and we really do work together to fully support all engineers to attain professional registration,” continues Tony Nicholls, Engineering People Development Manager at Royal Mail. “Sheffield Mail Centre is our first large plant to achieve 100 per cent professional registration and my vision is for all mail centres and all the engineers within to be professionally registered,” he adds. Tony’s vision may soon come true as Royal Mail has 655 engineers of which 425 are currently professionally registered. This equals 65 per cent of the organisation’s engineers across 37 mail centres. “The most exciting thing for me is that the motivation behind this achievement was driven and underpinned by the engineers themselves,” Tony enthuses.