Training Staff and Trainee Responsibilities
Training Staff

The Titles and Duties shown below are those in general use. However it is accepted by the HKIE that with the wide variation in size of companies involved, from very large to small. The 'duties' given provide guidance only and will, in some cases, need to be adapted whilst remaining in the spirit of what is intended, to meet the existing company situation. In some companies with long established training schemes, the HKIE approval could be given for the company Training Staff titles in use, if different form the HKIE titles, to be retained.

Head of Office (HoO)

Head of Office is a person high in the line management whose position can influence top management decisions related to training (and budgets). The HoO has the overall responsibility for the HKIE Scheme "A" training within the company.

Engineering Supervisor (ES) - General

The ES is required to be a Corporate Member of the HKIE and in the same discipline as the trainees under his/her supervision. The ES is the 'defacto' representative of the HKIE in the company and as such assumes the personal responsibility to ensure trainees receive the agreed training, for maintaining the standards expected and in achieving the aims of Scheme "A" training.

In this it is expected that the ES will hold regular meetings with each trainee on a 'one-to-one' basis to monitor trainee progress. An aim for such meetings being to assess the trainee's strengths and weaknesses and to help motivate and encourage the trainee to develop the technical and personal qualities required.

It is expected that the ES understands the use and advantages of the Training-by-Objectives approach to the professional and technical assessment of a trainee and the relevant roles of the Graduate Training Log Book; the CPD Log Book; the Training Record of Objectives; as well as matters pertaining to Exemption from Scheme "A".

The appointment of all Engineering Supervisors requires the HKIE approval. Applicants will be invited to attend an ES Workshop which are usually held every 3 month on Saturday mornings. Successful applicants will receive a Certificate after the approval by the Training Committee.

There are 2 kinds of Engineering Supervisors:
1. Internal Engineering Supervisor (IES)

IES is an employee of the company who assumes the responsibilities as above and who is expected to see each trainee individually at least once a quarter to objectively assess progress related to training and personal development. The ratio of trainees to IES is a maximum of 12 to 1.

In companies where the number of trainees in discipline exceeds the permitted ratio (of 12 to 1) then additional Internal Engineering Supervisors are required to meet this requirement. In such cases:

(a) Staff members should be proposed (to the HKIE) as IESs in the normal way.
(b) Trainees should be designated to an IES by name, copies of which should be sent to the HKIE.
(c) The company should appoint one of the IESs as the Co-ordinator whose role will be to help ensure a standard implementation of the HKIE training policy within the company and as the contact person for the HKIE.
2. External Engineering Supervisor (EES)

In exceptional cases where a Professional Engineer is not available within the company the appointment of an EES is permitted by the HKIE. In such cases it is expected that the EES will assume the responsibilities as above and will visit trainees on site (that is at the company offices, or in the factory or at a site) at least once per month. (If the trainee is based in the PRC then at least once per quarter the monthly meeting should be in the company's PRC facilities.) The ratio of trainees to an EES is a maximum of 4 to 1. An EES can be approved on an exceptional basis for a maximum of 2 companies but the combined total of trainees for the 2 companies remains at 4.

If a company has all the other resources necessary to cope with more than 4 trainees in a discipline, then on the normal 'case-by-case' basis the HKIE will consider applications for more than one External Engineering Supervisor, where each EES is to be assigned to not more than 4 designated 'named' trainees. In such cases:-

(a) Suitably qualified persons should be proposed (to the HKIE) as EESs in the normal way.
(b) Trainees should be designated to an EES by name, copies of which should be sent to the HKIE.
(c) The company will act as the Co-ordinator for the EESs and as the contact point for the HKIE.

The arrangement, preferably contractual, between the company and the External Engineering Supervisor should be such as to place the EES in no less an advantageous position, with regard to management control of the training scheme, than would apply to an Internal Engineering Supervisor on the company staff full-time.


The Tutor is preferably, but not exclusively, a Professional Engineer to whom the ES delegates the responsibility for 'day-to-day' contact with trainees. In most cases this role is as a Personal Tutor who remains with named trainees for the whole of their training period, irrespective of the department or section to which they are attached, to ensure good continuity and to allow a personal relationship to build up. The ratio trainees to Tutor is a maximum of 4 to 1.


The role of the Personal Tutor is particularly important when an EES is appointed as the Tutor must take on some of the duties of an ES and provide the link between the company and the EES.

No formal interview is required for the appointment of a Tutor although relevant educational and professional details of the proposed Tutor are required to be sent to the HKIE for approval.

Note - The Engineering Supervisor and the Tutor cannot be the same person as ES and Tutor have different roles to play.

Trainee Responsibilities


It is expected that trainees will make a personal commitment to get the most out of the training opportunities made available to them by their company. In this context the Training is aimed at trainees learning about (his or her) chosen profession, where learning is the acquisition of knowledge or a skill (in a subject) by:

- Study
- Observation
- Retrieval of information
- Instruction
- Experience

Whilst undergoing training trainees are expected to: -
(a) Behave in a manner befitting a potential Professional Engineer.
(b) Have a positive and good attitude towards the company providing the training; to all levels of its staff; to their colleagues; and to their 'work'.
(c) Be part of the productive process within the framework of being trained.
(d) Use their intellectual and analytical abilities to further their professional development.
(e) Demonstrate initiative and drive in a quest to learn from their training. In this, accept that in the industrial environment (so different form the academic life) the effort required to acquire knowledge or a skill will be largely self-motivated.
(f) Develop their powers of communication, decision making and leadership and social behaviour and opinions.
(g) Identify how they can complement their formal training by self-help.
(h) Help develop their initiative and their innovative skills.
(i) Be able to retrieve and use relevant information.
(j) Use their diagnostic skills to identify problems and offer possible solutions.
(k) To develop a natural inquisitive sense and 'question' 'why' and 'how' things are done, with the aim of improving procedures and thus productivity!

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

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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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