I was disappointed and surprised to read Tom Foulkes' comments about the ETB (NCE 27 October).
Disappointed, because as Mr Foulkes knows, some 70% of the ETB's marketing budget in 2005 goes to either the promotion of engineering in schools via the funding of the Science and Engineering Ambassadors scheme, or directly invested in the promotion of registration under our £1M three year grant fund.
This is the largest single sum committed to registration in its history. In one year alone we have invested over £400,000 in multi year agreements, each with agreed performance measurements to ensure a net incremental increase of over 11,000 registered engineers.
We are surprised by the comments regarding communication. As Tom is aware, the ETB put a proposal forward to the G15 some time ago regarding a new model of communication to ensure members are better informed of our work and I understand that Mr Foulkes is recommending this to the ICE Executive Board.
Mike Gannaway, director of communications and marketing, ETB, 10 Maltravers Street, London WC2R 3ER