The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has launched what is it calling a “first-of-its-kind” online learning platform for engineers and employers.

In its latest survey, the IET found that nearly two thirds of employers struggle to recruit engineers with the right skills. As a result, it has developed the IET Academy together with industry experts. The hope is this will support engineers who want to improve their technical skills and knowledge, whilst fitting training around their day job.

The fully interactive, online courses are available via an App and can be accessed ‘anywhere, anytime’ and are said to be divided into manageable sections, in a hope to benefit engineering companies who want to upskill and retain their workforce.

Martin Davies, Head of the IET Academy, says: “Engineers are the most in demand jobs globally, yet with the increasing skills gap and concerns around how traditional engineering roles are changing to adapt with the likes of digitisation, employers are worried that they won’t be able to recruit engineers with the right skills.

“The IET Academy provides a customisable and flexible approach to technical learning and knowledge, allowing engineers and employers to be in control of how their learning is delivered. This not only ensures that courses are manageable around working hours, but lets engineers learn at their own pace, ensuring that they develop the highly specialist skills they need to thrive within their business.”

The mobile courses are suitable for all engineers at any career stage, from apprentice to senior engineer and will support CPD as well as career development, the IET says.

Initial specialist courses will cover key subjects in Power Systems Engineering, Mobile Communications and Management and Leadership with further courses being developed in Engineering Ethics, Entrepreneurship in Engineering, Professionalism, Risk Management, Transport, BIM, Cyber Security and the 18th Edition IET Wiring Regulations.

To view the courses available and watch a demonstration of the interactive, media-rich course content available via The IET Academy, click here.