I am writing in response to the article (NCE last week) in which Mark Whitby observes that young engineers are not looking to become Chartered in increasing numbers. He suggests that putting a time limit on taking the Professional Review may help to reverse this process, but surely this is missing the point.
The reason a lot of engineers are choosing not to become Chartered is they do not feel they need to. If the only benefit in becoming Chartered is the ability to put CEng after your name then many young engineers will have to ask if it is worth the effort.
I work as a young engineer in a multidisciplinary offshore construction firm where many of the senior engineers are not Chartered. While I am training to become Chartered I have to ask the question that if it hasn't affected their careers would it affect mine? The answer, from what I can see, is no.
The true problem the ICE has to address is that being Chartered is becoming less and less necessary. If this problem is rectified young engineers would once again put becoming Chartered as a top priority, rather than something they have been strong-armed into by the implementation of time limits.
Shaun Kenny, Rockwater, Hill Park Court, Springfield Drive, Leatherhead, Surrey KT22 7NL