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Civils leaders join ICE's online debate

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ENGINEERS CAN debate the future needs of their profession with leading government and industry figures next week, in the first ever online debate to be organised by the Institution of Civil Engineers.

The ICESAY debate, highlight of the ICE's National Construction Week activities, offers every single construction professional the chance to question senior government figures on the key issues that face the construction industry today, such as the skills shortage and construction's appalling safety record.

'This is the opportunity for all our members to discuss with the wider industry the vital issue of respect for people, ' said Michelle McDowell, chair of the Institution's equal opportunities forum, ICEFLOE.

'If this is not delivered the industry will never achieve its true potential. Everyone working in our industry must have a view so we all expect a very lively and informative debate.'

The free debate will run all day on Wednesday 17 October, accessed via the ICE website and compered by a team of leading construction figures and commentators.

Members' views will be organised into priority actions and passed directly to each of the participating industry bodies and the government.

Many of the actions will be taken on at the Civils 2002 event to be held in June at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, which has set the issue of skills shortages and training as its theme.

INFOPLUS Visit www. ice. org. uk

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