THE ICE is set to hail the importance of incorporated engineers after a campaign to promote the Associate grade of Membership won the backing of Council.
The profession consists of 57% Members, 5% Associate Members and 1% Technician Members, with the remainder made up of students (9%), graduates (20%) and Fellows (8%). The ICE feels this ratio does not reflect the needs of the industry.
A new working party, chaired by succeeding vice president Joe Dwyer, will examine how the 3,800 Associate Members could be given increased standing within the Institution.
A paper presented to Council by Scott Steedman warned of a threat to future membership if the campaign failed. It said: 'Without adequate promotion of the new grades, the already declining proportion of engineers seeking to become members of the Institution will fall still further... Unless we take action to positively promote the new format, negative publicity and a perceived lack of commitment will pose a serious risk to the medium and long term membership.' (see Analysis page 12)
Steedman was asked to present a costed plan to Council in September, but chairman of professional development Mark Whitby called for an earlier start to the campaign. 'To take any more time than necessary will not service the membership,' he said.