A FRESH campaign to clarify the New Routes to Membership to young civil engineers has been announced by Chief Executive Mike Casebourne, after the Graduates and Students National Committee told him confusion still reigned among young engineers.
Lack of a consistent message about the changes which come into effect this year was the main complaint which emerged at the GSNC annual conference in Birmingham at the weekend.
Speaking directly to graduates and students, Casebourne said the campaign would particularly emphasise why the ICE wanted more Associate Members, and how this would be implemented. The campaign would also calm students who were worried that NRM entailed sudden wholesale change to the qualification process.
Casebourne said: 'The profession should be providing graduates with stability rather than constant change. I think New Routes to Membership has been well oversold in terms of the actual amount of change it entails. We will clarify NRM in the coming months so the majority of members see that it's right.'GSNC chairwoman Carol Hopper concurred with Casebourne. She said: 'People are expecting massive changes but they are not as wholesale as people are led to believe.'
GSNC acted on reports from LA representatives citing confusion about NRM in spite of recent roadshows organised by the ICE. An open discussion gave GSNC members the chance to pick the brains of ICE deputy secretary Amar Bhogul, regional liaison officer David Tatterstall and reviewer Phil Parker. Hopper said: 'We talked about whether the roadshows were successful and what more the ICE should be doing to inform graduates.'
She urged GSNC members to take back the messages from the discussion to Local Associations and the workplace, which she claimed would be a major contribution to clarifying the changes. 'One of the main functions of GSNC is dissemination of information and feedback of that information. We as a committee do that quite effectively,' she said.
Casebourne responded: 'I've been very heartened by what I have heard. You do play a full and active part in the Institution and long may it remain so.'
Casebourne invited any graduate or student member unsure about NRM to arrange a 15-20 minute appointment with him via Kathleen Hollow.