EARLY CAREER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME

 

An 18-month programme designed to enable employers to support early-career engineers in maximising their learning and accelerating the rate at which they realise their full potential.

The IMechE Early Career Programme will help your early-career engineers gain the knowledge and skills they need to be successful in their new role, as well as lay the foundations to support career progression within your organisation.

Almost 80% of employers believe that current graduates are not fully prepared to enter the workforce (CMI, 2021).


Our Programme focuses on professional development (what they don’t learn at school and university) whilst also including some specialised areas. Among the topics covered are personal effectiveness and branding, report writing, project management, innovation, influencing, business skills and Six Sigma principles.

Our blended approach combines formal training, self-guided study, work-based projects, one-on-one coaching, and other elements to provide the best opportunity for growth regardless of their style of learning. This approach will expose participants to a variety of industry sectors and roles, allow them to share experiences and learn together, and enable them to build a network on which they can rely for the rest of their careers.

Limited places

There are limited places available each year. Places are allocated on a first come, first serve basis.

First cohort: April 2024 - September 2025
Second cohort: October 2024 - March 2026

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Programme structure

  • Leading self

    Term one

    Term one focuses on acquiring essential skills for workplace success. There will be a lot of formal training, but also plenty of group discussion. Participants will complete some self-guided study in addition to attending the live training and, at the end of the first term, they will create an action plan and evaluate their learning.

  • Leading the team

    Term two

    Term two focuses on developing the skills that will benefit the participants beyond the programme. The format of face-to-face training, virtual training, discussions, coaching and self-guided study will be similar, but the completion of an ROI work-based project will be a major element of the programme during this stage.

  • Leading the business

    Term three

    Term three concludes with a grand finale, emphasising skill mastery and reflecting on the journey taken. It includes face-to-face training in negotiation, financial management, and business proposal writing. It showcases elements from terms 1 & 2 in the Six Sigma project presentation and ends with a lessons-learned presentation for all line managers.

Key benefits


Working with a prestigious Institution gives your organisation the confidence that the training provided will be of the highest quality. We are ISO9001 certified, meaning whether your organisation is looking to attract top new talent or improve the skills of your workforce, you know you have come to the right place.

  • For employers:

    1. Increased efficiency and effectiveness in day-to-day tasks due to more skilled workforce.
    2. Full return on investment delivered during work-based project.
    3. Demonstrates commitment to employees, which is critical in reducing employee turnover.
  • For employees:

    1. Develop skills in a variety of areas to ensure success within the business (with the chance to pick some of your own topics to learn).
    2. Collaborate and learn with colleagues from other industries and roles.
    3. A dedicated learning team to support the learning journey, including a one-on-one career and development coach.

Why IMechE Learning & Development

Industry knowledge
We have over 30 years of experience delivering high-quality learning and development services to an average of over 20,000 individuals from over 300 organisations each year.

Expert trainers
Our trainers are specialists or consultants with proven industry experience. They know what it takes to succeed in your field, and how to best convey this information to your people.

Wide range of topics and services
Our broad range of topics and services means that it is likely that you won’t need to speak to several suppliers to fulfil your organisations' learning and development requirements.


Some of the companies we've worked with

  • Alten
  • AMH Material Handling
  • Avara Foods
  • bmt
  • Bombardier
  • Bombardier
  • Frazer Nash
  • Gas Networks Ireland
  • International Nuclear Services
  • JCB
  • Martin Baker
  • National Composited Centre
  • Network Rail
  • Smurfit Kappa
  • sse

Our training acumen

  • Over 30 years of experience delivering training
  • More than 200 courses designed for engineers
  • Over 10,000 engineers trained each year
  • Trusted by over 800 companies
  • Business solutions delivered in 48 countries

Average customer rating: 4.75 out of 5