The ICE has invested in the creation, marketing and distribution of careers material to suit all ages and all students so it was alarming to read Paul Hodgson's statement that promotional material is not available (NCE 8 February).
For children up to 12 or13 there is Make your mark - a package of brochures, posters, stickers, badges and t-shirts, featuring the cartoon characters in the 'civil engineering gang'. The material has been used by hundreds of members in schools and at career fairs.
For 14-19 year olds we are just about to launch an interactive CD-ROM called Edifice - a career in civil and structural engineering. This major initiative is being led by the ICE but is supported by CITB, IStructE, CECA, Imperial College and many other universities and colleges.
NCE is also involved in this project and as you will have read this week, we are working together to create NCEinsite, a magazine to complement Edifice. Both will be available at the EMAP Construction Careers Event in London on 1617 March.
Two promotional videos - Regeneration and Civil engineering & human potential are also available for use in schools and colleges.
These have been distributed across the local association network and universities and loan copies are available from the ICE.
Finally, you will also read this week about a power point presentation now available on CD which allows members to create their own presentation appropriate to their engineering experience and the audience they are talking to.
Contact the ICE public relations department or membership helpdesk for more details. We are here to help.
Mike Casebourne, chief executive and secretary, ICE, One Great George Street, London, SW1P 3AA