Atkins graduate becomes year’s youngest CIBSE engineer to achieve chartered status
Dubai-based building services engineer Elie El Choufani is celebrating after securing chartership with the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE). Not only that, he is also the youngest person to reach this important career milestone so far in 2014.
Elie, who joined Atkins’ Middle East Graduate Development Programme in September 2011, gained his chartered status the day before his 27th birthday.
To become chartered, a graduate needs to demonstrate rounded professional experience that covers theoretical knowledge, commercial management, communication skills, environmental awareness and contribution to the activities of their professional institution.
As a member of the Atkins Graduate Development Programme, Elie was given a broad range of support, including mentoring and secondments to support his development across a range of competencies.
“Overall it has been a very exciting journey, challenging at times but very educational throughout,” said Elie. “Personal effort and motivation are key elements, and the experience gained gave me a great sense of confidence and achievement. Looking ahead, I am excited now to move on to more challenging roles in my career and to support others pursuing their chartership,” he added.
Atkins’ learning and development manager Catherine Green, added, “We put a lot of energy into ensuring the Graduate Development Programme is a success for all involved and Elie’s achievement is a great endorsement of this.”
In his free time, Elie has previously done some acting in short films and advertisements. He can briefly be seen in Mission Impossible 4, part of which was filmed in Dubai, walking down an escalator before Tom Cruise gets into a fight with two bad guys!
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