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No comments from the IET about HE and electronics qualifications :: Asperger Home Education

 

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 Post subject: No comments from the IET about HE and electronics qualifications
Post Number:#1  PostPosted: Sun Jul 03, 2011 11:16 am 
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Last June I posted two questions on the IET discussion forum asking if there are any IET members who are actively , and whether the IET maintain a list of all available in the UK lower than a degree (such as GCSE, A Level, BTEC, industrial courses etc.) with information about how well industry and higher education institutions value them. So far nobody has replied.

My son thinks that if the IET doesn't even maintain a list of electronics qualifications and their value in the eyes of employers then their members shouldn't even have the gall to go into schools to try to persuade children to take up engineering as a career. Not all people who work in the electronics industry have degrees as many get by quite happily on lower level qualifications.


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 Post subject: Re: No comments from the IET about HE and electronics qualifications
Post Number:#2  PostPosted: Sun Jul 03, 2011 5:28 pm 
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The IET has which work to promote engineering in schools. I have not found any evidence of any IET members working with the HE community so it's probably safe to say that few IET members are even aware that HE exists or care much about HE children. It really isn't much to worry about because the IET is such an impotent and next to useless organisation for practising engineers unless they are working towards chartered status.

My biggest concern is the ethical side of things because the IET goes round triumphantly telling schoolchildren about glorious careers in engineering over snazzy electronics contraptions but never tells them what it's actually like to work as an engineer or how to successfully find employment. When these children finish university with engineering degrees and thousands of pounds of debt all the IET can say is that it's hard to find a job and keep trying but they never do anything to rectify the matter - like putting a stop to offshoring work. I find the lack of information about qualifications to be much cause for concern. Qualifications are a minefield and it's all too easy for a poorly informed person to take a course for a qualification that turns out to be worthless. I can see where you son is coming from but any constructive criticism of the IET always falls on deaf ears.


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