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ACE chief urges industry to keep graduates

Half of all engineering graduates do not bother with construction the head of the Association for Consulting and Engineering revealed this week.

Speaking at a Construction News conference ACE chief Nelson Ogunshakin said figures from its latest survey showed one job in eight is currently unfilled in the civil engineering sector.

Mr Ogunshakin said 50 per cent of graduates either do not enter construction or leave within five years. He said a failure to hang on to young people was exacerbating an already serious lack of engineers in the UK .

He said: “The UK marketplace is crying out for engineers. The skills shortage has been voted the number one issue by engineering firms for the past two years. I suspect it is still number one, notwithstanding the credit crunch.

“Everyone has got their heads down working. There’s no chance to train, no chance to enjoy your job. And there’s no spare capacity.”