A key stage in the route to becoming a civil engineer comes before the completion of GCSE examinations. It is at this stage serious decisions need to be made about career choices.
I feel it is people of school leaving age that need to be targeted by the construction industry - there are numerous ways in which the profession can be marketed.
Indeed I recall spending a weekend on an ICE and industry sponsored conference for people considering civil engineering as a career. We were put up in university halls of residence in London and taken on tours of large scale projects including the Thames Barrage and A40 widening scheme.
Although we (or our parents) had to contribute towards the cost of the weekend, it played a part in my decision to pursue a career as an engineer. Such weekends, if they still take place, could be better advertised and run on a regional basis.
Tom Hindson (M), Harrow, Middlesex, Tom.Hindson@ospreypmi.com