ENGINEERS AND other professionals gathered in Glasgow last month to debate the state of the civil engineering industry and the future of its professional institution.
The forum was part of ICE president Colin Clinton's regional visits up and down the country and around the world, giving ICE members and nonmembers the opportunity to express their views.
'The quality of the UK construction industry is so good that the general public take infrastructure for granted. Only when it fails is it noticed, ' said Clinton at the ICE Glasgow and West of Scotland question time session.
ICE Glasgow & West of Scotland chairman Arthur Nicholls appealed for more engineers to visit schools so children could learn more about civil engineering.
But ICE Scotland manager Jacki Bell said that it was difficult to fi nd engineers who could give up time to promote engineering during office hours.
'Members claim we're not doing enough, but companies are loth to release staff. And some engineers are apathetic about getting involved, especially when many are poor at self promoting anyway, ' she said.
Bell also pointed out that school timetables are often too tight to accommodate careers talks.
But the Scottish Executive-funded 'Make it in Scotland' careers roadshow is an ideal way for engineers to get involved, she urged. All school children in Scotland are given the opportunity to attend the roadshows, which are a focus for local companies to promote different careers.
Bell is looking for at least 40 graduates to spend a few hours talking about civil engineering at roadshows around Scotland, which run until April and start again in November.
. nyone interested in the 'Make it in Scotland' roadshow should contact the ICE Scotland office on (0141) 221 5276.