An 18-month programme designed to produce well-rounded engineers with a broad range of experiences, enabling employers to support early-career engineers in maximising their learning and accelerating their full potential.

The IMechE Early Career Development Programme will help your early-career engineers gain the knowledge and skills they need to be successful in their new role, as well as lay the foundations to support career progression within your organisation.

Almost 80% of employers believe that current graduates are not fully prepared to enter the workforce (CMI, 2021).

The programme focuses on professional development, covering essential areas not typically addressed at school or university. We delve into personal effectiveness, branding, report writing, project management, innovation, influencing, business skills, and Six Sigma principles.

Our blended approach combines formal training, self-guided study, work-based projects, one-on-one coaching, and more. This diverse training model gradually develops skills to avoid overwhelm, supports retention by encouraging commitment, and alleviates the administrative burdens typically associated with managing such schemes.

Limited places

There are limited places available each year. Places are allocated on a first come, first serve basis.

Next cohorts:
October 2024 - March 2026
April 2025 - September 2026

Programme structure

  • Leading self

    Term one

    Term one focuses on essential skills for workplace success through formal training, group discussions, and self-guided study. Participants develop action plans and evaluate their progress while starting to build a network for their careers.

  • Leading the team

    Term two

    Term two develops the skills that will benefit participants beyond the programme through a blended learning approach. ROI-based projects help participants showcase their learning, and coaching supports deeper understanding.

  • Leading the business

    Term three

    The final term includes negotiation, financial management, and business proposal writing training, culminating in a showcase of projects from previous terms and a lessons-learned presentation.

Key benefits

Working with a prestigious Institution gives your organisation the confidence that the training provided will be of the highest quality. We are ISO9001 certified, meaning whether your organisation is looking to attract top new talent or improve the skills of your workforce, you know you have come to the right place.

  • For employers:

    1. Increased efficiency and effectiveness in day-to-day tasks due to more skilled workforce.
    2. Full return on investment delivered during work-based project.
    3. Demonstrates a commitment to employee development, critical for reducing turnover and fostering long-term loyalty.
  • For employees:

    1. Develop skills in a variety of areas to ensure success within the business (with the chance to pick some of your own topics to learn).
    2. Collaboration with peers across various industries and roles, fostering a robust professional network.
    3. A dedicated learning team to support the learning journey, including a one-on-one career and development coach.

Why IMechE Learning & Development

Industry knowledge
We have over 30 years of experience delivering high-quality learning and development services to an average of over 20,000 individuals from over 300 organisations each year.

Expert trainers
Our trainers are specialists or consultants with proven industry experience. They know what it takes to succeed in your field, and how to best convey this information to your people.

Wide range of topics and services
Our broad range of topics and services means that it is likely that you won’t need to speak to several suppliers to fulfil your organisations' learning and development requirements.

Some of the companies we've worked with

  • Alten
  • AMH Material Handling
  • Avara Foods
  • bmt
  • Bombardier
  • Bombardier
  • Frazer Nash
  • Gas Networks Ireland
  • International Nuclear Services
  • JCB
  • Martin Baker
  • National Composited Centre
  • Network Rail
  • Smurfit Kappa
  • sse

Our training acumen

  • Over 30 years of experience delivering training
  • More than 200 courses designed for engineers
  • Over 10,000 engineers trained each year
  • Trusted by over 800 companies
  • Business solutions delivered in 48 countries

Average customer rating: 4.75 out of 5