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29/04/2016

SGS College awarded EngTech status

SGS College has recently gained EngTech approved status from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) for its Engineering department for advanced apprenticeships. This means that students completing their advanced apprenticeship at the college will now be able to achieve Eng Tech registration using a simple 'approved route' application form.

This award means that after completing their advanced apprenticeship, successful SGS College students will be able to apply to use Eng Tech IMechE after their names, a professional registration that is personal and highly valued by employers. It will put them ahead of the crowd and gives them the opportunity to stand apart from those who have no professional registration.

Natassja Cooper the IMechE’s Business Development Executive for EngTech said “It's great to see that SGS College have gained IMechE accreditation of their apprenticeship scheme, which really demonstrates the quality of the teaching and the learning the young apprentices are receiving. Having this accreditation also gives their leaners a head-start out in industry, enabling them access to IMechE's resources and support to help them develop long and successful careers. This also puts them on the pathway to achieving EngTech Professional Registration - an internationally recognised title which will truly set them apart from their peers out in the workforce.”

While on their course, apprentices and full time students will also be entitled to free membership, allowing them free admittance to local Institution events and opening up networking and learning opportunities. Full time and apprentice students also have access to the student and apprentice pages of the Institution website, online magazines and newsletters, as well as being able to use the IMechE library and information service.

Andrew Keenan is the Head of Department for Engineering at SGS College, he is delighted that the department has been awarded this accreditation. “EngTech accreditation will show the commitment our students display to the industry they are looking to join. After their apprenticeship, professional registration as EngTech will help our students to stand out from their peers. It will give them recognition of their skills and also evidence that they are fully competent and professionally qualified. It will also support their life-long learning, helping and support them in their future career development.” 

SGS College works in partnership with many local employers, and the apprentices have the option of progressing onto an HNC course, also on offer at the college. SGS College is just about to open a new Engineering facility at Berkeley (September 2017) and the accreditation certificate will be displayed at the three sites, Filton, Stroud and Berkeley. The college is also a sponsor of a new Engineering and Digital Technologies specialist UTC for 14-19 year olds, also opening at the Berkeley site in Sept 2017. www.berkeleygreenutc.org.uk