I wholeheartedly agree with Eve Light of ICEFLOE (NCE 12 September) regarding ageism and the perceptions of ageism among engineers and employer organisations.
The Environment Agency recently implemented a nationwide recruitment campaign for engineers and would have welcomed more applications from engineers in their 50s. We received very few.
Like most engineering-based organisations, the Agency has realised that there are simply not enough engineers around.
For some early retirees, an opportunity to work part time doing interesting work in river catchments could be an attractive and fulfilling role.
As a result, the Agency is going on the offensive specifically to target the retired engineer population.
I congratulate the Institution for promoting the issue and for recognising the important role that the ICEFLOE initiative can play. I will be contacting ICEFLOE to register our interests and to see what we can learn about attracting people into the Environment Agency.
We are about to embark on a further phase of recruitment so I would ask your readers to keep an eye out in NCE and look at our website www. environmentagency. gov. uk for further details.
Ian Hope (F), head of flood defence policy and process, Environment Agency, Exeter, EX2 7LQ