ICHEME has awarded Silver Corporate Partner status to United Utilities, the first time a company in the water sector has been recognised.
The award was presented by IChemE communications director Andy Furlong at United Utilities’ head office in Warrington, UK.
United Utilities became a Bronze Corporate Partner in April 2014, when it was praised for its commitment to the professional development of its chemical engineers. Its graduate training scheme has been accredited by IChemE since 2010. The company has now met the requirements for an upgrade, including by championing engineering professionalism and embarking on schemes to encourage young people to consider careers in science and technology.
“We are incredibly proud of this achievement. Chemical engineering will be of central importance to United Utilities in the decades to come and that is why we are investing in the future of our workforce. We place tremendous importance on engineering professionalism, and chartered engineering status is a prerequisite for any process engineers seeking promotion to senior level in our company,” said Cathy Gillett, United Utilities’ principal process engineer.
IChemE’s other Silver Corporate Partners are OSL Consulting Engineers, Larsen & Toubro, and Astra Zeneca.
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