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Are core objectives compulsory?

Letters to the Editor

Many civil engineers part way through a training agreement seem to be unsure of the official ICE standpoint on whether achievement of the new core objectives is compulsory or not. Rumours vary from complete fulfillment to merely an awareness.

Recent consultation with an RTO suggests reviewers will be looking for fulfilment of these objectives, although this is not an official position. If it is the case that officially we don't but in practice we do, haven't the goalposts 'unofficially' moved in mid game? Should engineers nearing completion of their training look to extend their formal training agreement in order to achieve the new, more onerous objectives? There is a need to explain what instructions have been given to reviewers and state the official ICE standpoint to dispel further confusion.

A Oliver (G) and N Hoskins (G), nhoskins@wsatkins.co.uk

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