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.
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.
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.
APPLICANTS ACCEPTED TO DEGREE COURSES BY
|H2 Civil engineering||3,143
|K3 Environmental technologies||258
|K4 Town and country planning||1,092
|Source: UCAS Annual Reports.