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Engineers urged to join military reserves

A leading Royal Engineer has urged chartered civil engineers to join military reserve forces like the Territorial Army to help develop their skill sets.

Brigadier Alistair Dickinson believes that chartered engineers would greatly increase their “soft” skills if they joined the reserves, benefitting them and their employers.

“There is significant value in joining a reserve organisation,” said Dickinson, at the ICE Royal Engineers lecture last week.

“It’s a great way to develop soft skills [such as listening skills].”

Although the ICE does not have specific figures for members within the armed forces, the institution does have a number of active military members.

Dickinson believes that proposals to changes to tour lengths from six to three months will make it easier for engineers to serve in the reserves.

“It is something we are looking into,” said a Ministry of Defence spokesman. Further details of the changes will be released in September.

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