The Institution of Mechanical Engineers has decided to waive membership application and subscription fees for up to two years for refugee engineers in the UK wishing to join the Institution.
The Institution has taken the decision as we believe it is important to support refugee engineers to integrate and rebuild their lives, while at the same time helping them to contribute to the UK economy and society.
These engineers have knowledge, skills and training and by supporting them to gain employment or continue with their studies, we can help fill the skills gap we have in the UK.
Applicants who have official refugee status in the UK will have accompanying papers which will help us determine those eligible.
Chief Executive Dr Alice Bunn OBE said:
One of our values is inclusion and by supporting refugee engineers, we hope this will help break the barriers they may find in seeking employment or continuing with their studies. Employment provides an opportunity to fulfil personal aspirations, achieve financial independence and to contribute to the economy and the community in empowering ways.”
The proposal, which has been approved by Trustee Board, is to provide the paying affiliate grade to those refugee engineers seeking membership.
Membership at this grade will provide that important early help and support that may be needed, providing access to some member benefits and services in particular our learned society and training activities, local networks of members and the Support Network assistance.
As part of our overall response to the wider refugee crisis, we will be working with the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Engineering Council and other Professional Engineering Institutions help determine how professional bodies can support refugee engineers.
The Institution is committed to supporting all our members and our Support Network provides advice and support, including financial support, to our members worldwide. Find out more about the Support Network here