It was with great interest that we read the article 'Vintage performance' (NCE 18/15 August) regarding the Ashford Engineering Consultants collective.
While the Institution of Civil Engineers' Equal Opportunities Committee - ICEFLOE - supports initiatives such as this, it is a damning indictment of the industry that qualified and experienced engineers have to go to extremes when the industry is already facing a massive skills shortage.
ICEFLOE is addressing the issue of 'ageism' within the industry. Alongside the development of long term activities aimed at bringing younger people into engineering, we have started to look at short term solutions such as encouraging retired and hence already trained engineers to return to work.
In consultation with Population Ageing Associates, we are looking to establish a database of retired engineers who would be willing to contribute their skills and experience through part-time employment.
The project is in its early stages but we are planning on holding a small workshop with industry leaders towards the end of 2002.
Interested parties can contact ICEFLOE at icefloe@ice. org. uk Eve Light, ICEFLOE, 1 Great George Street, London SW1P 3AA