The 'skills gloom' again highlighted in the NCE poll (NCE 21 February) is not confined to the civil engineering profession. The media often reminds us of shortage of doctors and nurses.
Those who come into contact with refugees and asylum seekers to this country will know that a large proportion of them are highly skilled professionals with many years experience in their own countries.
Some professional bodies in this country have recognised the potential of these people and are putting together assessment and conversion programmes for them as they realise that a few months' training may produce very useful further resources.
I would be interested to hear of any similar moves within the civil engineering field whether by contractors of academic institutions. Perhaps the Institution itself needs to take a lead, as has happened in the British Medical Association.
JD Miller (M), Over Mill Drive, Birmingham