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Hurdles driving talent away


I am appalled by the continued stamping on the aspirations of graduates within our industry by those who are now comfortably insinuated at its peak.

Once again another step 'forward' has been taken by making it even harder to become a chartered engineer.

This is all very well for those entering university as one would hope that careers advisors and tutors are sufficiently well informed to brief prospective civil engineers as to the academic requirements needed to reach their chosen goal.

But holders of post-1999 BEng honours degrees now face a ridiculous burden in addition to their jobs. Not only must they maintain their progression towards chartered status by keeping all the appropriate records, they must also undertake 1,000 hours of 'further learning'.

This is staggering - and who pays? Graduates? Employers? If so here is an entirely new driver for the poaching of newly trained staff from their existing positions.

I cannot help but feel that we are driving talent away from an industry already failing to deliver the aspirations of young professionals. This institution and the engineering industry should be facilitating the training of graduates, not putting more and more, higher and higher barriers in their way.

Robin Duncan (M), robin. duncan@dougallbaillie.


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