I cannot believe the belittling tone or negative content of Mr Gray's letter (NCE 5 June) on the subject of contractors complaining about the current standard of graduates.
As a contractor who started my working life with a consulting engineer and who attended a traditional university I believe the following is true:
Sandwich or traditional degree, it doesn't matter;
Red brick former polytechnic or stone built cloistered university, it doesn't matter;
HNC, HND, ordinary, Honours or Masters degree, it shouldn't matter;
Technician or chartered engineer, it shouldn't matter;
What does matter is hard work, motivation, tenacity, impartiality and a sense of humour. I would make employment, for at least a year, in both a consultant's design office and a contractor's site office, compulsory!
W David Forbes (M), 2 Mary Street, Dunoon, Argyll, PA23 7NH