IET and IBM drive technical skills quality through unique scheme Monday 8 October 2007 PDF Print Europe’s largest engineering society The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and IBM has today launched a unique professional development scheme to benchmark standards in the IT industry and promote the importance of professional registration to employers. The new scheme will enable IBM employees around the world, who are already working towards gaining IBM technical professional qualifications, to fast-track to Incorporated Engineer registration through the IET. The IET has carefully reviewed HR management systems and employee appraisal programmes at IBM and recognises that these lead to an outstanding assessment of engineering competences and professional standards. By working with IBM the IET has been able to provide a direct mapping between specified IBM technical accreditations and the requirements for IET Membership, Fellowship and Professional Registration. The IET recognises the IT sector as an area of engineering and technology that is vital to the success of the world economy. The complexity and importance of IT systems demands the highest standards of engineers and IT professionals and therefore this new scheme will help to ensure that IT professionals are of the right calibre with proven competences and technical knowledge to meet their challenges. As well as the industry benefits, take up of the scheme will help IBM to further develop their employees in terms of skill levels and career paths as well as attracting and retaining the best people within the industry. Jonathan Ferrar, director of human resources, IBM UK, Ireland and South Africa said: “IBM continually strives to improve standards of technical competence and professionalism within the IT industry. This scheme demonstrates that IBM is committed to establishing IT professional standards that are recognised globally and provides a hallmark of quality that businesses can trust and rely on.” Robin McGill, chief executive of the IET said: “The IET is very pleased to work with IBM, extending this important partnership to include IEng and promoting the importance of this professional qualification within the IT industry. The extension to IEng recognises the important role that Incorporated Engineers play in the provision, maintenance and support of vital IT systems upon which the world’s economy is based. IBM has a long-standing commitment to professionalism and the IET is delighted to be working with them to help ensure that organisations are getting the right people with the right skills to manage and implement major projects.” With more than a quarter of its 150,000 members employed in the IT industry, membership of the Institution enables IT professionals to keep up with the latest developments in the industry and provides an opportunity to network and share information with other professionals around the world as well as professional development. For media enquiries please contact: Sian Weaver Media and PR department T: 020 7344 5443/5446 E: email@example.com The Institution of Engineering and Technology The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) is one of the world’s leading professional societies for the engineering and technology community. The IET has more than 150,000 members in 127 countries and has offices in Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific. The Institution provides a global knowledge network to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and ideas and promotes the positive role of Science, Engineering and Technology in the world. For further information visit http://www.theiet.org/ This press release was distributed by ResponseSource Press Release Wire on behalf of Institute of Engineering & Technolgy in the following categories: Manufacturing, Engineering & Energy, Computing & Telecoms, for more information visit http://pressreleasewire.responsesource.com/about.