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Brain drain hampering Welsh regeneration

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EFFORTS TO regenerate rundown former industrial areas in Wales are being undermined by a brain drain, engineers fear.

The migration of young engineers and construction professionals away from Wales is hampering urban renewal plans, said ICE Wales executive secretary Denys Morgan.

The problem of the engineering profession's rapidly ageing profile is to be debated later this month at a special conference in Cardiff, organised by the ICE with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, the Royal Town Planning Institute, Welsh architects body RSAW and the Chartered Institute of Housing.

These bodies have recently signed an agreement to work together on tackling regeneration issues.

'Community planning and social inclusion are central to the regeneration agenda, ' said Morgan. Engineers must play a central role in co-ordinating these requirements with other aspects of regeneration, he added.

'But practitioners are becoming increasingly mobile and scarce. A skills shortage is developing which is becoming progressively more serious, ' he warned.

INFOPLUS Delivering Regeneration in Wales conference and exhibition is on 30 September.

Contact Cherry.Cronly@ice. org. uk or Felicity.White@ice. org. uk

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