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Firms fail in training poll

A QUARTER of civil engineers receive no training from their employers, results of an NCE readers poll published this week indicate.

Among graduates the situation is even worse. One third say they do not get the training they need to become chartered.

These conclusions come from an analysis of 148 replies to a faxback questionnaire published in NCE over the last month.

The results also show that 49% of engineers have no training manager. And while a third of engineers are trying to become chartered, half of these are doing so without help from a member of staff specifically looking after their career development.

The poll results are backed by parallel research carried out by the Construction Industry Council-backed Training Organisation for Professionals in Construction which questioned consultants about their training attitudes and practice.

This reveals that nearly 68% of firms admit they do not have a staff member responsible for training. The TOPIC survey also shows that just one in three firms has training programmes for new or existing staff.

Institution of Civil Engineers director of professional development Richard Larcombe said there was a lot more that firms, particularly smaller ones, should be do to help their staff and develop their own businesses. But he added: 'The emphasis now is that learning must involve self-motivation. Clearly there are people who do not get the support they need but we are moving away from spoon feeding towards doing something for yourself.'

(See cover feature, page 16)

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