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Skills shortage hits flood risk management

ICE News

FLOOD RISK is not being properly managed because there is an acute shortage of personnel equipped for the task, warns a new report by the ICE, Environment Agency and Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs.

There are 275 unfilled fl ood risk management posts across the UK, the report states.

It blames the situation on the skills shortage affecting engineering as a whole, and says urgent action is needed at school and university level to provide graduates with appropriate skills.

Over the next five years, 381 more fl ood risk managers will be needed to deal with the increasing problem of flooding, the report adds.

Having enough skilled engineers and technical staff is key to the successful delivery of fl od risk management, ' said Agency's head of flood risk management David Rooke.

'The ICE is keen to work with all employers to ensure that the development needs and aspirations of these candidates are met, ' added ICE engineering director Jon Prichard.

A joint strategy paper, Action on engineering skills shortages in fl ood risk management, published alongside the report, calls on industry, government and academic institutions to act.

The ICE and Environment Agency want to influence GCSE syllabuses so that students become aware of the issues linking fl oding with climate change.

Undergraduate sponsorship schemes and work experience placements for college students will also be introduced.

hrough the Employers' Forum, consultants and contractors will provide case studies and computer models to schools and universities to ensure teaching of the subject is current.

Industrial tutors will also be called on to develop degree course content ensuring that the subjects studied are relevant to the workplace.

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