MEMBERS OF ET&M continue to debate a paper on transferring to Fellow. The Fellowship Panel paper, 'enlivened' on the recommendation of the last ET&M meeting was still perceived by some members of the panel, to not go far enough.
'We need to market the idea of becoming a Fellow,' said chairman of the Joint Board of Moderators David Nethercot
The paper contends that most people recognise the benefits of fellowship but don't apply because of 'inertia', many because they don't know where to get the forms from. The paper affirms: 'People simply need personal encouragement to apply'.
Ellen Ryan pointed to recent publicity resulting in a doubling of applications. She said: 'We sent out 120 fellowship packs after Civils 98 and more than doubled our usual applications.'
The paper suggests new incentives such as a Fellows certificate presentation ceremony, discounts for booking rooms at Great George Street and exclusive networking lunches .
In a proactive step, regional liaison officers would suggest potential applicants for fellowship. who would be invited to apply.
Training manager Gareth Jones spoke of the need to publish the failure percentage; three to four out of 20 candidates, plus many deferments. 'Fellowship is seen as a cosy club,' he said.
The committee approved the paper for Council, with minor amendments.