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New engineering body lays foundations for action in 2013

The first annual conference of the new Professional Engineering Forum Plenary has taken place at the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

Marking the 10th anniversary of EngineeringUK and the Engineering Council, CEOs from professional institutions across engineering came together to lay the framework for collaborative action at a national level on issues that matter most to the engineering sector.

Matthew Hancock MP gave an overview of current education and business reforms and stated the importance of “getting it right” in terms of ensuring appropriate numbers of people are entering the engineering profession across all levels. 

The afternoon session saw the group debate the key issues for engineering and develop potential projects to be taken forward by cross-institutional groups.

IET chief executive and Professional Engineering Forum Plenary chair Nigel Fine said: “The first Plenary Conference was a great success and helped to establish the groundwork for 2013.

“Going forward, the Professional Engineering Forum will give all professional engineering institutions the opportunity to engage in and benefit from closer collaboration.

“The Forum will focus on the values and vision shared across the engineering community and will work together in partnership to make real impact on matters affecting us all. The annual conference will give all PEIs the opportunity to set the agenda for engineering.”

The new Forum comprises all professional engineering institutions together with EngineeringUK, Engineering Council and the Royal Academy of Engineering.

It it designed to provides a structure for discussion and agreement on issues of mutual interest and acts as the voice of the profession to government on joined up messages that cut across all engineering disciplines.

The Professional Engineering Forum replaces the CEO level meetings of E4E and Engineering the Future, as well as the Professional Panel.

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