Matchtech partners with The Royal Institution of Naval Architects
Matchtech has identified a need for more support of professional development in the industry. This was further highlighted in its latest confidence index* survey of over 3,500 UK engineers where 44% said they have never considered chartered status. This demonstrates that engineers may not be aware of the benefits of being part of a professional institution, which is hugely valuable at all stages of an engineer’s career.
Membership of RINA and the right to use the letters FRINA, MRINA AMRINA or Assoc(RINA) after a member's name, not only demonstrates the achievement of internationally recognised standards of professional competence but also shows an engineers’ commitment to professional integrity and high standards of practice.
Matchtech strongly believes that membership of RINA will serve to enhance its candidates’ careers within the sector, as well as improve industry standards. Employers proactively seek candidates with professional qualifications, as demonstrated in a Matchtech survey of 500 maritime employers.
It showed 92% of maritime organisations strongly agree that professional development is important for the development of their staff, and 86% confirmed that their organisation actively supports initial professional development (IPD) and continuing professional development (CPD), giving a very strong indication that the maritime industry views IPD and CPD as key to ensuring that the standard of engineers within the industry remains high.
Natalie Desty, head of Maritime for Matchtech, commented, “We know from a recent industry survey that the vast majority of maritime employers view registration with a professional institution as very important but many engineers are not currently registered with one. This is why we are so excited to be offering our engineers complimentary membership of RINA for the first year. RINA provides essential support, technical publications, events and lectures to its members, which are all designed to help them develop their career. Its role in maintaining and improving skills and industry standards is hugely beneficial to the individual, employers and the industry as a whole.”
Trevor Blakeley, chief executive of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects, stated, “The Royal Institution of Naval Architects and Matchtech share the aim of assisting engineers to develop and enhance their careers in the maritime industry. Both organisations recognise the value of membership of a professional institution such as RINA to engineers at all stages in their careers. The Institution is therefore very pleased to offer this unique opportunity to Matchtech candidates to judge that value for themselves through complimentary membership of the Institution.”
In addition to providing an internationally recognised professional qualification, RINA membership offers engineers insight into the latest developments within the global maritime industry to support their career progression. Members receive copies of the Institution’s leading journals, reporting on technical developments across the full spectrum of the global maritime industry, as well as reduced rates for all RINA international conferences, seminars and training courses. Members will also have the opportunity to meet with other maritime professionals at local Branches.