NEWLY FORMED ICE East of England region has appointed contractor Gordon Edgar as its first chairman.
Edgar's goal during his year in office will be to encourage more school leavers to geton-the-job training to become civil engineers and raise the profile of technicians.
'I would like to see more flexibility among employers so young engineers can build up practical and theoretical knowledge, and develop good personal management skills, ' said Edgar.
Edgar also believes that trainee engineers should be moved around within a company to experience different aspects of civil engineering.
He will urge the ICE to promote the grade of technician membership more.
The new East of England region will encompass the Chilterns and East Anglia regions and Peterborough branch.
Edgar is CDM (Construction (Design & Management) and planning manager for Suffolkbased contractor J Breheny, where he is also responsible for training 40 school leavers and graduates.