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ICE President interview | Andrew Wyllie


Congratulations to Mr. Wyllie for the new role. However, what I am reading regarding Mr. Wyllie's view of gender equality and diversity is worrying. According to the Women's Engineering society, in 2017 only 15.1% of engineering graduates were female. One would expect this number to reflect the percentage of graduate jobs offered to female candidates as well. Being proud that "more than half of Costain's graduate intake was female" doesn't sound inclusive or fair to me. One key point missing from Mr Wyllie's agenda though is the fact that the "art" of engineering in general is currently going through a slow and painful death. Technical-minded, practical engineers are rare to come by and most engineers my age (late twenties - early thirties) are so disenchanted with the profession that they go into management or completely different work fields. I am a huge sucker for technology as long as it makes people's lives better (and the current implementation of BIM in the UK really doesn't...but this is another discussion) so getting a more diverse range of skills into the ICE is a big plus in my book. However...capable design engineers are also needed to make this work and nobody seems to have a solution for this issue.

Posted date

15 November, 2018

Posted time

1:54 pm