I have just attended one of the first round sessions of the ICE/NCE Communications Competition. Two teams made admirable presentations and eight young people had obviously put in a lot of effort.
However, I found myself one of only three, who, together with the three judges, made up the entire audience.
We bemoan the fact that young people are avoiding or deserting the industry, so what a shame that we cannot support those trying to improve their skills - just the type of person we should be encouraging.
As an institution and as individuals, we have let them down. Ironically, part of the reason for poor attendance was undoubtedly a lack of communication; the event was not properly advertised, if advertised at all.
But beyond this it demonstrates a lack of commitment among ourselves to the development of younger members. I hope that entrants to other rounds will receive the support they deserve.
Jeremy Lanning JeremyLanning@deandyball.co.uk