Your article 'Skill shortage exacerbated by mix of ignorance and snobbery' (NCE 11 April) hits the nail on the head. Most graduates today have one target in mind - to be a chartered engineer.
Even with all the publicity promoting incorporated engineers, many still believe this to be second class. Past president Roger Sainsbury once summed this up perfectly, stating that when he was employing, he always looked for the best and, as long as they were chartered, that was fine.
Until consultants recognise the importance of incorporated engineers and start advertising posts for IEng, graduates will not want to become incorporated. Until attitudes like that of Nina Merchant change the snobbery towards I.Eng will remain.
Toby Howe (M), vice chairman SE Association, tobyhowe@vizzavi. net