Battle backs our engineer campaign

Battle backs our engineer campaign
Richard Wilson Minister of state for industry, science and technology, John Battle has told Britain’s electronics engineers that the issue of professional status should not be taken for granted. The minister made the comment after being presented with a copy of the results of the reader poll published as part of Electronics Weekly’s Recognising the Engineer campaign. “The depth of feeling on the issue is obvious,” Battle told EW. “The recognition of highly skilled staff in any organisation is vital and so the issue of personal and professional status should not be taken for granted.” Over 90 per cent of electronics engineers questioned in last month’s poll told EW that they felt undervalued by society. Half of those questioned also called on the government to act on the issue of poor status among Britain’s engineers. The minister underlined to government’s commitment to the country’s engineering community by personally recognising the role it plays in contributing to the UK’s economic wealth. “This government values highly the contribution made by the electronic engineering community to the economy,” said Battle. “So I read with interest the views of Electronics Weekly’s readers on the subject of the status of engineers in this country.” The poll also supported a move towards statutory Chartered status for professional engineers.


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