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ScottishPower gets top IMechE training certificate

1 November 2004 – Scottish Power Generation Limited (Generation UK), has received an accreditation certificate as acknowledgement that its graduate engineering training programme meets IMechE’s stringent criteria for developing professional engineers.

Sandra Mulligan, Regional Manager with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers
(IMechE), the country’s leading voice in the field, presented Alan Bryce, Managing Director of Generation UK with a certificate for its Monitored Professional Development Scheme (MPDS) on Thursday October 28 at a ceremony at Scottish Power’s offices in Cathcart.

Sandra said, “Generation UK has worked extremely hard to develop and maintain a varied and practical graduate engineering training programme. As a result, it has obtained accreditation from the IMechE for its MPDS. We, at the IMechE, consider awarding the accreditation as a major achievement for those companies.

“The IMechE upholds very high standards to ensure the country’s engineers of tomorrow develop the best training and support today, both from us and their employer. The scheme is a fantastic opportunity for these engineers to develop strong technical ability together with a good business understanding.”

Generation UK’s engineering graduates will follow the four-year scheme, which offers a structured programme of training that helps to develop qualified engineers and provide the skills required to become a Chartered Engineers – the highest professional engineering qualification available. And, as of a few weeks ago, MPDS, is now the route for applicants vying for IEng status, which takes three years.

Neil Thomson, Chief Engineer for Generation UK, said: “The accreditation of the business’s training programme highlights our recognition of the vital contribution made by engineers to our business’s future prosperity. The programme ensures that our engineers become well rounded individuals who can deal with a range of complex and varied projects.”