Graduate Scheme "A" Training
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The HKIE considers that the qualities required by a Professional Engineer can best be developed and attained by graduates who have thoroughly integrated their theoretical knowledge with the practical skills required to apply that knowledge. The purpose of the Scheme "A" Training is to provide registered graduate trainees with the opportunity to achieve this necessary reinforcement of theory with practice.

The overall aim of Scheme "A" Training is based on the need to foster the development in trainees of those qualities perceived to be those required by a Professional Engineer covering:-

(a) Technical Competence
(b) Managerial & Leadership Abilities
(c) Business Communication Skills
(d) Ethical & Professional Matters
(e) Social Awareness

The implicit concept in this aim is to ensure that in later life the young engineer can undertake engineering projects with the proper regard for the technical, economic, financial, environmental and social factors involved. By the end of their training trainees should have acquired a clear understanding of :-

(a) The importance of adhering to the HKIE's Rules of Conduct and their meaning in relation to the trainees' everyday work;
(b) The need to make appropriate provision in every engineering project to ensure safety and reliability; and environmental factors;
(c) Their responsibilities to their employer, their colleagues, other engineers and the community at large;
(d) The importance and relevance of their theoretical knowledge to the design, manufacture, construction, operation and maintenance of the particular products or services with which the employing organisation is concerned;
The general problems affecting an industrial organisation, such as the:-
Financial, economic, commercial and statutory limitations;
Limitations imposed by the workforce, machines and the materials available;
Operation and maintenance requirements that may affect engineering decisions;
(f) The vital importance of good industrial relations;
(g) The need to understand the point of view of others and to promote good personal relationship at all levels within an organisation;
(h) The importance of communication, and of being able to discuss inter-related activities and problems with members in other branches of engineering;
(i) The need to exercise sound judgement and to accept responsibility;
(j) The need to develop their abilities to the best advantage of the profession.

The 3 Partners

Achieving the Training Aims is dependent on the level of input and dedication of 3 partners:-

1. The Company

The Company provides the training opportunities and designating staff for Scheme "A" training duties. Clearly the company is a Key Factor in achieving the general objectives implicit in the training aims. In this aspect Scheme "A" depends on there being sufficient suitable practical training opportunities, of the relevant kind, being offered by local organisations to support the type of training required at the post-graduate professional level.

2. The HKIE

The HKIE involvement related to setting policy, co-ordination, and the overall monitoring of the training with respect to companies and trainees. It is of note that the success of the HKIE scheme owes much to the camaraderie that exists within the engineering disciplines and members' readiness to help with Scheme "A". Further, there are advantages in the 'control' of the scheme being locally based in that the HKIE is concerned only with local graduates; has full-time training staff on-hand and readily available; and the geographical smallness of Hong Kong allows easy and quick access to companies, to trainees and to the HKIE.

3. Trainees

Trainees are expected to make the most of the learning opportunities implicit in the training offered by their company to ensure that their knowledge and skill is up to the standards required.

Scheme "A" Training Philosophy

The HKIE Scheme "A" Training is intended to be 'Learning-by-Experience' and is based on the belief that this period is a natural progression in a trainee's education, with respect to putting theory into practice, and thus enhancing previous academic studies in terms of their 'real-life' application.

The underlying HKIE philosophy is that the training experiences should be relevant and of the right level. It is considered that there is no better way to learn than by the trainees being practically and personally involved, in a 'hands-on' way, on their prescribed training activities. In this context it is expected that the training experiences will, wherever possible, be of an everyday kind normally arising within a company.

This emphasis on 'real' (company) work helps ensure that the training experiences are relevant and that the trainees quickly become an active part of the 'production' process. However the concept of trainees being 'productive' requires that training staff in their deployment of trainees maintain a careful balance between commercial (natural company) interests and the training needs.

The learning gained through practical experiences needs to be reinforced by other methods of learning such as by information retrieval; use of the media; Video/Audio programmes; self-study training packages; attending seminars and lectures; and by reading. Much of this form of learning will be of a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) nature and should, in general, be of a 'trainee self-motivated' kind.

To be successful the Scheme "A" training needs to be wholeheartedly and enthusiastically undertaken by the Trainee and the Company working, in partnership. For the Trainee this means accepting that the value gained from the training very much rests on his or her level of personal interest, involvement and a willingness to accept a measure of responsibility. It is to be expected (by the HKIE) that graduate trainees will use their intellectual abilities to:-

(a) Identify how they can complement their formal training by self-help.
(b) Help develop their initiative and their innovative skills.
(c) Enhance their ability to retrieve and use relevant information.
(d) Use their diagnostic skills to identify problems and offer possible solutions.
(e) Develop a natural inquisitive sense and 'question' 'why' and 'how' things are done, with the aim of improving procedures and thus productivity!

To match the nature of the continuing technological industrial development and the consequent blurring of any clear distinction between the engineering disciplines, it is expected that the Scheme "A" training will include multi-disciplinary elements. In this way to widen the experiences of the trainees so that they can better meet the technological challenges that lie ahead.

The Scheme "A" training is designed to help trainees develop self-confidence and have a measure of independence in the way they think and act and in this for them to be positive and able to stand on their own two feet!

In the final analysis the success of the training, with respect to the calibre of the 'product', rests very largely on the interest, enthusiasm, attitude, self-motivation and curiosity of the trainees themselves.


Important Notes :-
In this context any reference to the term "graduates", "graduate trainees", "Engineering Graduate Training Scheme 'A' trainees", or "Graduate Members" or the like are referring to those "Graduate Members of the HKIE who meet the academic requirements for Member in a Discipline.
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