The ICE has this month published its annual report and looking through our achievements across 2016 makes me immensely proud to be President of an organisation with such a vibrant membership.
We are perhaps unique in providing our members with a range of services to support them throughout their careers.
As engineers progress, we offer access to the ICE’s unrivalled technical knowledge, helping them to be the best at what they do. Our extensive events programme provides more knowledge and access to networking opportunities. Our thought leadership work gives members a chance to engage with the big issues shaping our profession and the society we serve.
And thanks to our close relationship with government and industry leaders, we use this knowledge and thought leadership to shape the infrastructure agenda, helping decision makers reach informed judgements.
We can do this thanks to you, our members, whose industry insight, knowledge and passion affords us an unrivalled pool of expertise.
Last year was tremendously successful for the ICE. We launched our flagship National Needs Assessment, a rigorous 30 year analysis of the UK’s changing demands for infrastructure. We also delivered our widely acclaimed Shaping Hong Kong report to the Hong Kong Government and produced Manifestos for Infrastructure ahead of elections for the devolved administrations.
Our Bridge Engineering exhibition, featuring a world record breaking Lego bridge, attracted over 13,000 visitors, helping to inspire the next generation into the profession.
New membership grade
We launched our Associate Member grade for allied professionals working in civil engineering, that I believe will bring in a vast amount of knowledge and insight into the ICE.
We agreed four new corporate partnerships, meaning that all civil engineering graduates from Aecom, Amey, Bam Nuttall and Skanska will follow the ICE Training Agreement route to professional qualification.
Aspiring young civil engineers were also on our horizon as we signed academic partnerships with four universities, and we participated in the Big Bang Fair and Tomorrow’s Engineers week, inspiring young people to take up science, technology, engineering and maths.
We also engaged with the Trailblazer apprenticeship programme in England, and the development of apprenticeships in Northern Ireland. In Scotland we are helping the Apprenticeship Advisory Board to develop new standards.
We delivered over 800 knowledge events across the UK, online and in person, and almost three recorded lectures every week, many of them free of charge.
We would not be able to deliver these achievements without your support.
Society still faces a raft of challenges from climate change to population growth, and as civil engineers, we will be at the forefront of tackling these issues. As the ICE celebrates its 200th anniversary in 2018, it is more vital than ever that we receive the funding we need to help us continue this work.
This year, as we do every three years, we will ballot members on subscription rates. The ballot takes place in June and your Council is seeking a small 3% rise to the annual subscription rate. I hope that you will join me in voting “yes” and in doing so, help drive forward this vital work.
- Tim Broyd is ICE President