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Fuller skills are what the industry needs


Having been involved in the 'big four' most recent projects in the south east I have had direct dealings with between 60 and 70 graduates in both quality and safety issues. This leaves me well placed to endorse Andrew Wolstenholme's views on the lack of roundness in the finished article which colleges are turning out (NCE 8 June).

A degree course should also include modules on basic site operations (shuttering, pipelaying, construction plant), psychology (enabling social behaviour to be understood and changed) and safety.

Our industry does not need gays (John Baron NCE 3 Aug), more females or ethnic groups: it needs good, fully trained engineers.

Dan McMullan, 26 Dunbar Wharf, Narrow Street, London E14 8BB.

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