Select Committee on Transport, Local Government and the Regions Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence


Memorandum by the Institution of Civil Engineers (TYP 40)

  The ICE is a UK-based international organisation with over 75,000 members ranging from professional civil engineers to students. It is an educational and qualifying body and has charitable status under UK law. Founded in 1818, the ICE has become recognised worldwide for its excellence as a centre of learning, as a qualifying body and as a public voice for the profession.

INTRODUCTION

  The Institution would like to thank the Transport Sub-committee of the Transport, Local Government and the Regions Committee for the invitation to take part in the inquiry and would like to submit the following comments.

SPECIFIC COMMENTS

  Modifications to Assumptions: Skills and capacity.

  A shortage of suitably skilled built environment professionals is widespread. In December 2000, the "top 65" consulting engineers predicted a worldwide increase in staff numbers of 20 per cent over the next two years driven by a demand for technical staff, particularly civil/structural, environmental and transport engineers, and planners. However, the number of those entering first degree courses in built environment subjects has declined over the last four years.

Table 1

APPLICANTS ACCEPTED TO DEGREE COURSES BY SUBJECT—1997-2000

  
1997
1998
1999
2000
H2 Civil engineering
3,143
2,869
2,624
2,493
K1 Architecture
2,368
2,311
2,333
2,340
K2 Building/Construction
2,498
2,345
2,211
2,131
K3 Environmental technologies
258
238
267
230
K4 Town and country planning
1,092
964
895
877
KK Combinations
102
95
107
139
Source: UCAS Annual Reports.





 
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