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Training recognition opens ICE to flood defence engineers

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ICE MEMBERSHIP could be boosted by making it easier for Environment Agency flood defence engineers to become chartered.

Flood defence engineers currently have to prove they have achieved each of the ICE's core objectives individually. This often dissuades them from applying or lengthens qualification time.

Under the plan the Agency's training agreements will count towards ICE core objectives, the Institution said.

The change may prompt engineers of all grades to apply to the ICE, as it could increase the likelihood of promotion, said Agency national training adviser Steve Knowles. And it would have the effect of improving the industry standing of all its flood engineers, he said, easing the skills shortage by attracting graduate engineers into the sector.

The Agency is comparing its training agreement to ICE core objectives to see if there is any skills overlap.

ICE professional development manager Niall O'Hea said that as most flood defence engineers skills are very similar to those of civils, the outcome of the scheme looked 'very promising, ' in which case the ICE is likely to give the scheme the go ahead within weeks.

O'Hea warned however that the engineers will still have to prove themselves in all areas of engineering: 'If they are deficient in something like safety, they'll have to brush up on that.'

He added that there would be no exemption from sitting the Professional Review.

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