Jeremy Lanning (NCE 1 March) is quite right to be appalled at the lack of support for young engineers in the NCE communications competition.
I was part of a team which has just competed in the first round in London, and my audience was also fairly pathetic - a total of 10 people, six of whom were from my company.
More shocking, one of the judges didn't bother to turn up, despite the fact that the meeting had been rearranged, at some inconvenience to our team, to fit their diary.
The industry as a whole constantly bemoans the socalled 'skills shortage'. If this is the kind of support offered to those of us who are trying to further ourselves, in our own time, in a career paying a salary which barely covers our living costs, it is a small wonder that graduates are not attracted to the industry.
I admire Rod Winser, whose letter in the same issue outlined his involvement in the excellent Henry Palmer award, and I am pleased he can motivate himself to do it. I just hope he doesn't expect too much recognition.
Andy Thompson, firstname.lastname@example.org