EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION and public involvement can make the difference between the right project being built quickly and the project not happening at all.
Improving communication skills is the goal of the NCE Communications Competition, where teams prepare a presentation supporting a fictional scenario, such as a road scheme or town centre redevelopment, and deliver it to a mock public meeting.
The competition takes place in three stages, with local divisional rounds held in February, regional rounds in April, and the grand final held at the ICE Conference in Belfast on 18 June.
Run by the Association of Municipal Engineers, the competition is recognised as an excellent training opportunity, with finalists able to claim up to five days CPD alongside a share of £1,000 in prize money.
The confrontational nature of the competition reflects the fact that, in public service engineering, the ability to communicate with the public effectively can be more important than technical excellence, explained competition organiser Elinor Goodchild.
'Communication skills are vital to every engineer but there are few opportunities to develop them early in their careers, ' she said. 'Past competitors have described the competition as an invaluable training opportunity.'
Teams can consist of up to five people, at least half of whom should be ICE members.
All team members must be aged 35 or under on 18 June 2003.
For more information contact Elinor Goodchild (020) 7665 2223 or email engineering@ice. org. uk.
Closing date for entries is 6 January