WHILE the industry worries about young engineers entering the profession, ICE South East England was this week reminding its members that the welfare of older professionals is just as important.
The gion's Kent and East Sussex branch has opted to present up to £2,000 to older members with a bit more experience, with a 'Mature Engineer Award'.
'When you look at all the awards, they are always for graduates, students or young engineers, ' said region and branch chairman Martin Qualters, who came up with the idea.
'We thought it would be good to give something to the mature engineers for a change. We want them to visit a place they've always wanted to see then to return and present a paper to the region on that place.' Qualters added that for engineers of a certain age, the freedom to make professional trips to places of interest can be restricted.
'For example, when engineers have a couple of children, they probably won't get the opportunity to visit the Three Gorges Scheme in China before it lls up, ' he said.
Interested parties must be 35 or over and be members of the Kent and East Sussex branch.
The award will be presented at the branch's presidential dinner on 22 June at the Ashdown Park Hotel, Forest Row, East Sussex.
If successful, the award may be opened up to the whole of the South East region next year.
The £2,000 prize money could go to one outstanding candidate or be split between several winners.
Those with the trip of a lifetime in mind should contact Qualters for an application form at Martin.Qualters@btinternet.com. Closing date is 31 May.