Personal development

Early career development programme (18 months)

An 18-month programme designed to produce well-rounded engineers with a broad range of experience, enabling employers to support early-career engineers in maximising their learning and accelerating the rate at which they realise their full potential.

517 days

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Members: £8,850 + VAT
Non-members: £9,360 + VAT
Group discounts available

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Early career development programme (18 months)
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£8,850.00 £7,965.00 Plus vat
Non Members:
£9,360.00 £8,424.00 Plus vat


An 18-month programme designed to produce well-rounded engineers with a broad range of experience, enabling 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 Development Programme helps early-career engineers lay the foundations for a successful role and career progression. This programme is structured to include flexibility and transferability, focusing on professional development (what they don't teach at school or university) while covering specialised areas. Participants will explore topics such as personal effectiveness and branding, report writing, project management, innovation, influencing, business skills, and Six Sigma principles.

At a glance
  • Blended learning, combining formal training, self-guided study, work-based projects and one-on-one coaching.
  • Study alongside like-minded professionals from various backgrounds and industries, building a strong network for their career.
  • Gradual personal and professional development to avoid overwhelming participants.
  • One-on-one coaching with a dedicated development coach to guide their progress.
  • Takes the administrative burden off employers managing similar schemes.
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Programme structure
Term 1: Acquiring essential skills for workplace success.
Term 2: Developing the skills to increase performance beyond the programme.
Term 3: Mastery of skills and reflection on the journey taken.

18 months


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Who should attend?

Engineers and engineering technicians in the early stages of their careers, including graduates and apprentices.
Contributes 240 CPD hours

Key topics

  • Personal branding and self-awareness
  • Communication and influencing
  • 360 feedback
  • Business skills
  • APM Project Fundamentals
  • Leading without formal authority
  • Six Sigma Yellow Belt
  • Presentation skills
  • Negotiation skills
  • Financial management
  • Business proposals

Meet our trainers

These trainers regularly teach Early career development programme (18 months).

  • Gillian Clark

    Gillian Clark

    With 11 years’ experience as a Process Improvement consultant, and 7 years in industry as an Improvement Specialist, Gillian has successfully applied World Class business improvement techniques – including Lean, Six Sigma and Change Management – to a wide range of industries including Public Sector, Finance, Aerospace, Automotive, Telecoms, MOD, NHS and Manufacturing.
  • John Hattam

    John Hattam

    John has built a successful consulting business in both the private and public sectors, specialising in sales and marketing, product and customer development, and business planning.
  • Andy Weber

    Andy Webber

    Andy is a professional facilitator with over 15 years of experience in coaching, mentoring, consulting and delivering training.
  • Phill Slater

    Phill Slater

    A senior level Executive Coach, business owner, organisational development practitioner and Learning & Development Consultant with more than two decades of experience working with business leaders across multiple industries in more than 20 countries.
  • Fiona Pawley

    Fiona Pawley

    Performance Optimisation Coach, specialising in Emotional Intelligence and Leadership Development, with diverse experience working with engineering, automotive and motorsport organisations including Formula 1.
  • Paul Taylor

    Paul Taylor

    Paul Taylor has spent the last 20 years developing and delivering leadership programmes for global corporations. Getting up close and working with individuals urgently seeking answers to real-world challenges led him to delve deeper into how to achieve results and career success.

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Available dates for Early career development programme (18 months)

517 day course

16 Oct 2024 - 19 Mar 2026
14 Apr 2025 - 10 Sep 2026

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We can customise any of our courses and deliver them in-house, for your entire team. It could also save you money, especially as you would save travel time.

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  • Blended programmes – we use a range of delivery methods, development subjects and performance resources to ensure your team have the knowledge and skills they need to help your business thrive

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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

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  • 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

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