We have moved into an era when most students have to finance their higher education and often leave with debts approaching £15,000. I am sure if industry were to offer golden hellos of anywhere near £10,000, it would be an incentive most graduates, and those choosing degree courses, would consider seriously (Debate 9 November).
Bearing in mind that current regulations require civil engineering students to gain a minimum of an MEng qualification to be eligible for chartered status, thus heightening the cost of study, it seems ludicrous that there is no financial incentive to become an engineer.
Those same students could embark on a post graduate certificate of education course in maths or science and gain around £7,000 from government.
I therefore agree with Bob White's suggestion that some form of recompensatory payment is necessary.
I am sure this would cause controversy but if chartered and graduate engineers were paid salaries that reflected their work and necessity, I am sure they would have no complaints.
If by entering the construction industry we are not able to pay off debts accrued at university until our late twenties or early thirties, we are intelligent enough to enter industries where this is not the case. We are, after all, highly numerate and could easily make the books balance elsewhere.
Robert Thomson (S), University of Portsmouth, Jessie Road, Southsea, Hampshire PO4 0EJ