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Role reversal


NCE's article 'Anger over civil engineers' absence from skill shortage list' (NCE last week) suggests that the Home Ofce should have consulted business rather than industry bodies over which engineering disciplines should have been included in the latest round of the government's National Shortage Occupation List.

As chairman of the Ground Forum I refute this suggestion.

Industry bodies should speak for their constituent members - after all that is one of their primary objectives.

The evidence to support my contention is provided conveniently in the boxed table of priority jobs printed alongside the article. This lists the two highways or transportation roles mentioned in the article and 16 ground engineering roles.

Inclusion of these 16 roles was negotiated by the Ground Forum to cover, as far as possible, all professional roles undertaken by the our constituent members.

I rest my case.

Keith Gabriel, chairman, Ground Forum, keith.gabriel@uk.

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