As a chartered civil engineer who has taken early retirement twice, been governor at both primary and secondary schools, and seen five of my children go to university, I feel that I have seen many facets with regard to industry and education.
As civil engineers it is our duty to recognise our part in educating others in environmental issues facing our successors.
I agree with Charles Duthie (NCE 22 February) that there has been a lack of investment by management in industry which has resulted in the loss of experienced engineers and it is those that we need to attract back as well as the best graduates.
But unfortunately we are living in the supermarket world of intensive production and three for the price of one.
It is important for quality to be recognised by industry, government and the public as a whole. Let us as civil engineers lead that crusade.
Alan Allison (M) alan@valanem. freeserve.co uk