Graduates training in the Midlands have received a further boost with the appointment of Steve Feeley in the dual role of development manager and regional liaison officer.
Feeley will split his time between working with the graduates and, as development manager, forming links with politicians, the media and with schools and universities.
Feeley should be in firm touch with the graduate membership, having become a chartered member as recently as 1999.
He joins the ICE after 13 years with consultant Haswell during which time he completed an HNC in civil engineering at the University of Wolverhampton and a BEng in civil engineering at Coventry University in six years of part-time study.
'In my view, the companies best placed to attract young engineers are those which can demonstrate an environment where training and development is taken seriously, offering real career progression and nurturing, ' he said.
'One of the most important aspects of any engineer's role is that of mentor. To enable, encourage and assist others to realise their potential is not only rewarding but also makes sound business sense.'
He added: 'The development and nurturing of others will reap rewards for not only the individual but for their organisation and furthermore, the profession itself.'
Feeley is equally passionate about his development role and said: 'We have to communicate our relevance in today's society better if we can ever hope to achieve the level of recognition deserved, thereby increasing the numbers entering the profession.'