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Chief executive Martin Wyatt outlines the opportunities for civil engineers in research and consultancy at BRE.

As an engineer, I am particularly aware of the exciting opportunities for newly qualified and experienced civil engineers in research and consultancy.

This sector is naturally at the forefront of the growing momentum for greater efficiency and innovation - as we work towards a construction industry that is better able to design, build and maintain structures to fully meet the needs of functionality, quality, safety, sustainability and best value.

The opportunities for civil engineers at BRE are as diverse as the industry itself.

Experienced professionals find themselves assessing the longterm durability of the Tees Barrage or monitoring the impact of the Jubilee Line Extension on the city above it.

They will advise other construction professionals on every aspect of a project from the concept and design through selection of materials, construction best practice, inservice condition surveys, and repair and refurbishment, to demolition and waste disposal, reuse and recycling.

New graduates receive an extraordinary level of training.

BRE's activities range from assessing the effects of the whole structure on its environment to the microscopic examination of chemical reactions in the materials used to construct it. Graduates are given the opportunity to span this diversity of expertise to meet clients' needs for an integrated approach to their projects. As their experience grows there are opportunities for our civil engineers to both specialise and manage large integrated projects.

BRE has launched a CPD programme to enhance the development of experienced staff and graduates. It includes training in managing business, dealing with customers, research and consultancy. The programme comprises courses, workshops, industry visits and talks, and secondments. It will shortly host a fair, designed to encourage BRE staff to work towards or upgrade their membership. Mentors from various institutes will attend the fair and we will look at ways of tapping into the CPD offered by the institutes.

BRE's own mentoring programme will be launched in phases from early July. The first phase will provide career development mentors for new recruits, the second for staff working off site, and the third for all staff.

I believe the outstanding diversity of work and the opportunities for career development make BRE an attractive prospect for civil engineers, both new and experienced.

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