I can only really speak for ourselves, Price & Myers Consulting Engineers based in central London, but it was with surprise that I read Robin McBain's letter (NCE 15 March). We have for a number of years provided one or two summer placements to those students with the initiative to write and ask.
This year though we have stepped up a gear and 'targeted' a number of universities with a poster and brochure campaign to attract students seeking placements.
Interestingly one of the universities approached was Heriot-Watt! The exercise has proved very successful and we have offered four placements for this summer. Apathy? Not here I feel.
Richard Thomas, Price & Myers, 30 Newman Street, London W1T 1LT.