I applaud Cecil Searle (NCE 3 April) in his efforts to become chartered and still meet the business expectations of his employer. However, the former may turn out to have limited value - except getting a 'free' copy of NCE - and the expectations of his employer, if he works for a member of the Major Contractors Group (MCG), may not be high.
The MCG states in its 'trades list' that the requirements for a civil and structural engineering designer are a CSCS card and NVQ Level 4. Even a chartered engineer with a certificate for 50 years as a member is not entitled to be an appointed person to plan a simple crane lift without a card certifying he is competent!
Much time is spent in promoting the merits of speed cameras, which is a social, not an engineering issue, changing logos and other such initiatives, while the status of a civil engineer is being steadily eroded.
JS Tolputt, New Ringstones Farm, Rowarth, High Peak SK22 1DY