We would like to invite you to take part in some very important research into careers, progression and development opportunities for people who have taken, or are taking, a ‘vocational’ (practical/work based) rather than an ‘academic’ (bachelor’s/master’s degree) pathway into engineering.

This is an important project which is part of a much wider drive to enhance the contribution engineers make to the UK economy and will help us understand and act on the needs and aspirations of the people who respond to this survey. The research is being conducted on behalf of the Engineering Council and is supported by the Gatsby Charitable Foundation.

This is the second stage of a research project which began in November with some 1:1 interviews. We are now conducting an online survey based on the results of those interviews that should take no more than 15-20 minutes depending on the answers given. Because it is important that we get the widest possible participation in the survey all participants will be entered into a prize draw for £200.

The following people are eligible to complete the survey:

• Anyone currently working towards ‘vocational’ engineering or engineering related qualifications at or above QCF Level 3 (6 in Scotland) (e.g an NVQ Level 3) or doing an advanced or higher engineering apprenticeship.
• Anyone currently working in a technician (e.g. practical) role in any branch, or form, of engineering.

If you are in one of the categories above please take this opportunity to help your profession by completing the survey.

If you teach, provide training for, or employ people in the categories above please draw this invitation to their attention and encourage them to participate. 

The survey is being managed in line with the Market Research Society code of conduct. Market research such as this is not associated with selling, we are interested only in your views and opinions, and everything you say will remain confidential; let me reassure you that no names will be passed on to any third parties.

If you have any queries regarding this survey or technical issues then please email EngineeringCouncilSurvey@watermelonresearch.com

The Survey will remain open until Friday 1 March. Thank you in advance for your support.