DR IAN McGregor is correct (Letters, July 5).
Engineering is regarded as a second-class career in relation to the law, accountancy and medicine in this country and this is not the case in Germany, Italy and the like. This has been the case for decades.
The tide may be changing; perhaps there is now a little more understanding that engineers can create real wealth. Our company has accepted German, French and Italian students looking for engineering experience and practice for their language skills; only this year have we had any UK applicants. We have converted our business to employee ownership because it is a model that allows decisions to be made for the long term, which successful engineering needs, as opposed to short-term to please a pension fund. It allows our engineers to participate in our business, in the way that a lawyer does, in a partnership. I hope this can be a model that will slowly raise the profile of engineering. We need to dream to change and move on from the endless statements of fact over decades. Engineers also need to sell what they make and that requires language skills too.
Chairman, Clansman Dynamics,
Nasmyth Avenue, Scottish Enterprise Technology Park,
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