A new engineering qualification that aims to help students
develop skills that employers require and value has won the backing
of industry leaders, including the CEO of London-based A1
The Diploma in Engineering was first launched
in 2008 by the Engineering Diploma Development Partnership (EDDP),
which includes the Royal Academy of Engineering and six Sector
Skills Councils – Cogent, EU Skills, Go Skills, The Institute of
the Motor Industry, Semta and SummitSkills. Now a number of
business leaders have offered their support for the qualification
by becoming ‘Diploma Champions’.
Martin Stevens, CEO of A1 Technologies Ltd and
Chairman of Made in London - an organisation representing
manufacturers in the capital - is a strong advocate of the Diploma
and backs the call for more work-based learning for young
“As an employer I would like to see more
relevant up-to-date education, with better skills development,” he
explained. “The Diploma will provide employers with a work-ready
pool of candidates to recruit from and this, in turn will help
boost the UK economy.”
A1 Technologies Ltd is a leading provider of
3D design and printing technology to schools and Martin is showing
his support for the Diploma by attending a number of large events
to talk to parents, teachers and young people about what the
qualification has to offer.
He also helps to provide students with
business insight through work-experience and by setting them
practical problem solving tasks.
“As a company bringing cutting edge
technologies to everyone, we need highly qualified engineers and
technicians and the Diploma in Engineering will play a key part in
helping this to happen,” said Martin, who is also a member of the
London Skills and Employment Board.
The Diploma in Engineering is unique in terms
of both content and delivery and can be studied to three levels,
Foundation, Higher and Advanced.
Teaching is both classroom-based and delivered
in the workplace by schools, colleges, independent training
advisers and employers themselves – helping to bring education out
of an academic environment and into the real world. A minimum of 10
days engineering work-experience is also guaranteed, offering
students the chance to learn from professionals.
Philip Whiteman, Semta Chief Executive said: “We are delighted
that Martin has become a Diploma Champion. The support of companies
such as A1 Technologies is essential to the success of the Diploma
that is already helping young people to acquire the skills needed
to keep the UK at the forefront of world engineering.”