With regard to the ongoing issue of the skills shortage, I was enraged to find yet more time and money (NCE last week) is to be invested in a problem where the solution seems already apparent - just not accepted.
Engineering is probably the second most trained profession to medicine, but engineers are not rewarded as such for the risks and responsibilities we take on. We are, after all, looking after the public's lives as they go about their everyday living through the country's infrastructure.
Companies want competent graduates with good degrees.
Why are the justifications of increasing an engineer's pay so difficult?
Students would become more likely to choose to study engineering at universities, more universities would then seek accreditation from the Institution and then companies would compete to give the best experience and sponsorships in return for the best graduates.
The money currently being invested for further investigation into skills shortages could be better spent on providing the pay increases themselves.
Sarah Maytum (G) maytums@lineone. net