A REME apprenticeship
Joining the Army’s Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) apprenticeship scheme to train as an electronics technician at 16, John spent the following 12 years in various postings across the UK and overseas, working on everything from ground-based air defense to the Challenger 2 main battle tank.
A professional engineering development pathway
Receiving both experiential and academic learning through the REME apprenticeship, John achieved an NVQ 3 in electrical and electronics engineering/maintenance and a HNC before heading to the Open University to complete a BSc in electronics system engineering.
After leaving the Army in 2019 to start his first job “in the real world”, John began his application for Incorporated Engineer (IEng).
Translating his military career into “civilian speak”
“I started my application then as I had this list of great qualifications and achievements, but to anyone outside of the Army or Ministry of Defense it meant very little,” he says. “I knew I had to convert these into ‘civilian speak’, something that industry would be able to look at and understand the value of.”
Upon joining the REME apprenticeship, John also became a member of the IET. Through the IET’s close relationship with the Corps, we’ve put in place a Special Registration Agreement for REME personnel to follow an approved professional engineering development pathway towards IEng and Chartered Engineer (CEng) status. Therefore, he’d been recording his achievements and gathering evidence towards Professional Registration from the start of his career.
“My Corps was very career and academically focused. We always kept our military CV up to date, which meant that when it came around to gathering evidence in preparation for my IEng application, the information was already there,” he says.