Professional engineering qualifications: how to get employer sponsorship
Becoming an incorporated or chartered civil engineer will help you up a step on the career ladder. Employers also benefit from having highly qualified employees with recognised skills, which is why many of them are keen to offer graduates support towards professional qualifications.
Many employers focus on the worked-based route towards qualification. This means they will supervise graduates and enable them to reach the necessary standards for professional qualifications via work-related projects. The process is run and funded by the companies themselves.
However, postgraduate study is another way of working towards professional status. This route may appeal to you if you’re a BEng graduate, as it means that you can continue your studies while also working towards a professional qualification. For example, bachelors graduates who complete one of the postgrad courses approved by the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM), which oversees accreditation of engineering qualifications, will be eligible to register to work towards chartered status.
While many engineering employers sponsor undergraduate students, company funding for postgraduate courses is seemingly harder to come by. Rather than having a dedicated postgrad sponsorship programme, firms are more likely to offer funding on an ad hoc basis to students they know and who can present a good case.
Developing a good relationship with a firm – through work experience or organised placements during your undergraduate degree – will help you make your case.
The Institution of Civil Engineers also encourages students to seek out university and department scholarships, or to consider distance learning and part-time study to ease the burden of postgraduate fees.