Apprentices and Professional Registration

Why do I need professional registration?

The employment market is changing

  • Global competiiveness
  • Apprenticeship reform – professional registration outcome
  • New opportunities for all young people – Higher Education or Apprenticeships
  • Traineeships – a progression pathway to work readiness
  • Expansion of Higher Apprenticeships – progression pathway to higher level skills              

Professional registration will become the norm, the entry ticket and your differentiator

  • In 2-3 years Professional Registration will become the normal outcome of apprenticeship training
  • Employers are developing many of these new apprenticeships e.g. in welding  and will expect professional registration from future employees
  • Pofessional registration is about proving that you work to professional standards expected for all technician roles
  • Risk of ‘leap-frogging’ from younger/more recently qualified and professionally registered apprentices and technicians
  • Proving Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is a feature of Professional Body Membership. This will become a differentiator 
  • Within the nuclear sector Professional Apprentices and Technicians need to develop both their discipline and nuclear professionalism 

Professionalism is your route to career progression as an apprentice

  • Future competitiveness – for jobs and promotion opportunities. Look who is coming up behind and stay ahead of the game
  • Look up the line – engineers and managers maintain and value professional membership and registration
  • You are an essential part of their team – prove it using the same standards 
  • A shared language of professionalism – shared experience, shared code of conduct, shared values, equal commitment (Nuclear Delta®)
  • Think local and global – nuclear sector employers operate in the global market place!

Why choose the Nuclear Institute?

  • Membership of the NI enhances nuclear professionalism Verifies high standards of nuclear professional practice
  • Technical ‘trade’ skills only present half your story – NI membership recognises your additional learning, behavioural competencies and skills to work in nuclear
  • Access to nuclear specific Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
  • Nuclear relevant networks – developing industry contacts, industry knowledge and nuclear relevant Learning From Experience (LFE)
  • Local ‘cross-discipline’ networking – gain insights from other disciplines; develop your cross discipline thinking