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City & Guilds Senior Awards: the City and Guilds of London Institute Senior Award in Engineering could be something that many IED Members may be interested in gaining, says Peter Deadman.

The City & Guilds Senior Awards are offered under Royal Charter at the three levels of Licentiateship, Graduateship and Membership in recognition of academic ability and professional skills. The City & Guilds has worked closely with the Engineering Council (UK) in mapping the awards against the three levels for registration. As well as gaining a certificate and post nominal letters, Senior Award recipients are invited to attend the annual City & Guilds graduation ceremony in the city of London.

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The process for IED Members is very straightforward, if you are already registered with the Engineering Council. IED Members registered as Engineering Technician can apply for the Licentiateship award (LCGI) which is at a supervisory/junior management level and mapped to level 4 on the National Qualification Framework (NQF). IED Members registered as Incorporated Engineer can apply for the Graduateship award (GCGI) which is at a middle management level and is mapped to a British Honours degree and level 6 on the National Qualification Framework (NQF). IED Members registered as Chartered Engineers can apply for the Membership award (MCGI) which is at a strategic management/chartered professional level and is mapped to a British Master's degree and level 7 on the National Qualification Framework (NQF).

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I thought my own experience of gaining an award might be of interest to other IED Members. Back in 2004, I wanted to apply for the Graduateship award. I downloaded a form from the City & Guilds website, completed it and sent it back with the application fee. The basic requirements included five years experience and membership of an Engineering Council affiliated institution at IEng level. The City & Guilds will contact the IED to confirm your membership and EC registration details to ensure you have met all of the competency requirements. After a couple of weeks, I was advised that I had been successful in gaining the Graduateship award in Engineering (GCGI) and was invited to attend the annual graduation ceremony at the Merchant Taylors Hall in London. This is a very grand building with wood panelled walls, stained glass windows and a large hall with stage. About 176 Graduates attended the day together with their guests. On arrival, you first go upstairs to be dressed in the approved formal dress of a gown, hood and mortar board which you previously hired or purchased from the people at Ede and Ravenscroft. You can then have your official photograph taken holding your certificate. Tea, coffee and biscuits are freely available. All attendees are then requested to enter the main hall where each person has a reserved numbered seat. Each Graduate was called by name up onto the stage by the Director General of the City and Guilds to receive their Senior Award certificate from the Chairman of the City & Guilds. Honoured guests on the stage included senior military officers and officials from other engineering institutions. Once the ceremony has finished, you leave the hall, enjoy a buffet lunch and have a chance to network with the other attendees. The afternoon ceremony lasts about four hours and you are free to take photographs both inside the hall and outside in the courtyard. The Engineering Institutions had a photo taken of all their members who had graduated for inclusion in an article in their official journals.

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The attainment of a City & Guilds Senior Award with the post nominal letters and attending the formal graduation ceremony gives you a great sense of personal achievement and inspires you to further success. The City & Guilds keeps you up-to-date with news of its courses, with regular free copies of their Broadsheet magazine. Becoming a Graduate is also a great asset when competing for jobs in industry and enhances promotion prospects. City & Guilds Senior Awards are also offered within the military to accredit officer training in the armed services.

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Full details of how to apply and the necessary application form can be obtained from the City & Guilds at: www.cityandguilds.com/42960.html.

The Engineering Application Form for all grades can be downloaded from: www.cityandguilds.com/42972.html.

Please note that I have no involvement, or work for the City & Guilds and cannot answer any questions regarding these awards. All enquiries should be made directly to the City & Guilds.

Peter Deadman IEng, MIED, MIET, GCGI
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Date:Nov 1, 2010
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