ICE BACKING for a GMICE designation for graduate members training towards full membership prompted heated debate at the Graduates & Students National Committee annual conference last month.
The GSNC applauded the move towards a graduate designation, first raised in ICE Council as means to stem declining graduate membership, but was split over who should qualify.
'We are strongly in favour of some form of designation, be it GradICE or GMICE, ' said GSNC chairman Piers Currie. 'The issue is whether it should apply to all graduate members or just those training under agreement.'
The debate was fuelled by ICE professional development manager Niall O'Hea, who gave the initiative his full backing. 'It is an interim recognition of those that are receiving quality initial professional development, and it is something I feel we should consider very seriously, ' said O'Hea.
GSNC will continue to discuss the issue before making a recommendation in a paper to the ICE Council in June.