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Waging war


'Time to loose the boring tag' (NCE 23 May) - what a refreshing article. At last a core problem within our industry has been succinctly aired.

My son, after some parental cautioning, decided to make civil engineering his chosen career and embarked, with his customary enthusiasm, on identifying additional funds for the necessary training. By the time he arrived at one of our top civils universities, he had a four year sponsorship and a Queen's Award from the ICE.

Problems started during his holiday placements. It was not just the fact that he was almost out of pocket doing the work but the peg bashing nature of it turned him off.

No recognition was given of his wider, more valuable, skills until a friendly site agent 'broke the rules' and put him in the site office to set up a computerised cost management system for the site which was done quickly and much endeared him to the team.

He graduated as top student of the year with a first class MSc. The damage had however been done. He thanked the ICE and contractor for their help and signed up as a trainee accountant with one of the top firms. At the age of 27, he is now qualified and heading rapidly to becoming a partner on a salary unimaginable in our industry.

Come on contractors and consultants, learn to let our potential high fliers fly.

Andy James (M), Westwood House, Ebchester, Co Durham DH8 0TD

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