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Red alert


The letter from Robert Thomas, (NCE 30 November), should have been printed in red ink as a wake up call to our industry.

Pay is an issue for all the employers in our industry and not just for the Institution.

We must recognise that employers now have to pay for the cost of student grants. We can sponsor students, pay a golden hello or simply raise salaries for qualified engineers.

We also need to give them an excellent training so that they can qualify at a young age, and thereby gain entry early to a higher salary level.

Unless we change radically we may only have applicants with insufficient ability to seek an alternative occupation!

However, we still see many exceptional young people qualifying into what is still a very satisfying industry.

We must all work towards the goal of maintaining this high standard of entry into our profession.

Nick Davies, chairman training & professional review panel, The Quarries, Workhouse Lane, East Farleigh, Maidstone

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