ICE BACKING for a GMICE designation for graduate members training towards full membership prompted heated debate at the Graduates and Students National Committee annual conference last week.
The GSNC applauded the move towards a graduate designation, first raised in ICE Council last month as means to stem declining graduate membership (NCE 21 February), 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.
'We need to recognise those that are getting proper training.
The question is should it be solely restricted to those under approved ICE training schemes or should it be open to all who can demonstrate structured training.'
GSNC will continue to discuss the issue before making a recommendation in a paper to the ICE Council in June.