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Bold plans

The man behind the ETB's radical proposals to shake up the qualifications structure has many more ideas up his sleeve.

Controversial proposals for the employer-run chartered technologist qualification have served as a powerful statement of intent at the newly-formed Engineering & Technology Board (ETB).

After replacing the drifting Engineering Council earlier this year, the ETB has set out a simple yet fundamental objective: reversing the yearon-year decline in registered engineers.

'We have one objective, and one objective only, ' says chief executive Alan Clark.

'To ensure the supply of science, engineering and technology skills better matches and stimulates market needs.'

To achieve this the ETB has set out a four pronged strategy aimed at:

lpromoting initiatives to enhance education and professional development lestablishing networks to engage business and industry ldelivering integrated campaigns to enhance public perception lcreating the organisational structure to make it happen.

But nothing will be achieved without the help of those already in the industry, says Clark.

Improving the profile of engineering in schools, particularly with schools careers advisors, is a high priority.

Raising the public profile of engineering is also a key ETB aim, and it plans to use its over-arching position to provide a coherent approach to this. 'To date the sum of all our ideas has met with failure, ' said Clark. 'We need a new approach.'

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