Find out how we grew our professional membership, raised awareness of engineering and inspired young people in 2015.
For the Institution, 2015 was another successful year. We continued to grow our membership, outpaced many of our partner institutions, increased our media profile and further developed our commercial activities.
Growing professional membership
In 2015, we were once again the top engineering body for professional registration with 2,626 engineers and technicians registering with the Engineering Council, an increase of 6.4% on 2014. At the end of December, the total membership of the Institution stood at 113,884, compared with 111,467 at the end of 2014.
There was also an 8.8% growth in international subscribing members, reflecting both the global nature of our profession and the effort we have put into strengthening our international network.
Increasing member and employer engagement
In 2015, the UK regions organised over 1,000 events attracting a record 25,000 attendees.
Internationally, 350 events were held across our global network, engaging more than 12,500 members and non-members.
During 2015, we continued to promote the benefits of professional registration to both individuals and their organisations. We have also been involved with the ongoing changes to apprenticeships in response to the government’s Trailblazer initiative to ensure apprentices are ‘EngTech ready’ on completion of their training.
Raising the profile and awareness of engineering
In 2015, we continued to engage with government on a wide range of subjects, such as training, infrastructure, transport and manufacturing.
The Institution also provided expert comment and advice to the media on a wide variety of news events in 2015. This included the future construction of the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station, the British Airways Las Vegas engine fire, the VW emissions scandal, flooding in the North of England and the engineering issues surrounding the Alton Towers rollercoaster accident. In total, UK and international media coverage for 2015 reached a record value of £46.3m, an increase of 35% on 2014.
Inspiring young people
During 2015, our STEM ambassadors, volunteers and young visionaries supported our engineers in passing on their enthusiasm for their career to others, and encouraging people into our rewarding profession. Our investment in the Teacher Industrial Partners’ Scheme (TIPS) was a highlight of 2015. It has the potential to make a lasting impression on the quality of teaching in science and mathematics.
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