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TSSA signs EngTechNow Charter

11 March 2015

TSSA has joined with champion employers and major infrastructure projects to sign a charter to drive an engineering skills legacy for the long term.

The EngTechNow charter was signed at the Parliamentary launch of a report into emerging solutions to the skills and experience gap in engineering.

The report set out some of the practical steps needed across industry to ensure the economy can continue to thrive by better developing professional technician roles.

Signing the Charter, TSSA has committed to play a key role in helping to achieve a culture change in technician professional development.

Manuel Cortes, General Secretary of TSSA said: "Engineering is the lifeblood that keeps our modern society working 24/7 365 days a year.

"It is the heart and soul of British industry. We need to do all we can to ensure that we do all in our powers to recognise and support that vital role"

Blane Judd, Chief Executive of EngTechNow, co-signed the charter. He said: “Engineering talent underpins the productivity of the whole UK economy, so with a major skills and experience gap looming, it is great to see forward-thinking trade unions like TSSA using their influence to drive a solution that will benefit the wider economy and their members.


EngTechNow Charter signatories include Amey, Carillion, Crossrail, Doosan Babcock, E.ON, Jaguar Land Rover, NG Bailey, Prospect, QinetiQ, Royal Mail, Thames Tideway, and TSSA.

In signing this charter, TSSA commits to:

  • Pool TSSA and EngTechNow intelligence, experience and expertise to identify companies at which collaboration will best support employers and help technicians to achieve EngTech status and further their careers
  • Work with companies at which we are recognised to raise awareness of the business and personal benefits of professional registration including EngTech
  • Actively promote EngTech to all appropriate technicians across our membership through internal communications and TSSA Union Learning Reps
  • Incorporate appropriate professional registration, with assistance from EngTechNow, into our learning and skills strategy

About EngTechNow
EngTechNow works with Champion Employers and Trade Unions to showcase how even the largest firm can directly support the development of its technical staff on the ground. Working with Chief Executives, engineering leaders and HR teams, they support companies to raise the profile, professionalism and ethical standing of technician staff, particularly in highly sensitive and safety critical roles.

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