MONASTIC SCHOOL pupils recently attended a career seminar where the South West association was promoting civil engineering.
In the autumn, schools liaison officer David Le Lohe issued a questionnaire to schools in the Avon area to try to find out what teachers wanted to know about civil engineering.
'Since then, the local association has been hard pressed to respond to all the calls for career talks and attending career conventions,' said Le Lohe.
At the school careers day, 70 boys from Downside Abbey School were taken in five groups through all aspects of civil engineering.
'We found ourselves in competition with old boys of the school who had come back to talk about careers in politics, finance, law, medicine, teaching, architecture, sales and marketing and even the wine industry,' said Le Lohe.
'However we engineers won the day by producing an Ove Arup graduate who had been educated at Ampleforth (also a monastic school), and was an elder statesman of the profession.
'He claimed that civil engineers did everything the old boys from the other professions were talking about anyway.'
With the increased demand for schools contacts, Le Lohe has drafted in support from across the association committee.
'Our chairman has arrived at career functions aimed at women in engineering, by motorbike, clad in her leathers, to demonstrate that civil engineering is not just for the boys,' said Le Lohe.
David Le Lohe (01225) 774237.