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ETB a good idea

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We would like to clarify the role, funding and activities of the Engineering & Technology Board (ETB) in light of recent comments by your readers.

The ETB was set up to promote the vital contribution that engineers make to prosperity and quality of life in the UK, to inspire more young people to take a career in engineering and thus ensure an appropriately skilled workforce for future UK wealth creation.

Out of the £22 paid annually for CEng professional registration that is forwarded to the ETB, £9 goes directly to the Engineering Council (UK) to maintain the register.

The balance of £13 supports a number of projects that encourage young people to consider a career in engineering. These include the Science & Engineering Ambassadors programme operated by the Science, Engineering, Technology & Mathematics Network and the scenta portal that brings on average over 500,000 unique visits a month.

Funding is also allocated to promote professional registration through a £1M fund delivered through partnerships with Institutions, business and industry.

The ETB works closely with ICE and any accusation of 'ETB interference' is wholly incorrect. Institutions are entirely independent bodies.

We are also surprised by some of your readers' comments about the ETB's Engineering in the Built Environment supplement with The Sunday Times.

Their reaction is frankly disappointing when at the same time we have parents calling to say how interested they and their children were in the content; employers saying it is the best thing in years and educationalists asking for thousands of reprints.

Mike Gannaway, director of communications and marketing, ETB, 10 Maltravers Street, London, WC2R 3ER

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