ICE President Paul Sheffield believes that despite the devastating effect of the current Covid-19 crisis, the pandemic does offer opportunities for growth and diversity within the civil engineering profession.
The President was speaking during a recent virtual visit to ICE Wales.
"I believe, there is a great opportunity for government and organisations to put in place a training and development agenda to attract the indigenous population and those from other professions affected by job losses, into our industry, said Paul. "The pandemic has caused massive stress on organisations. Any certainty on revenue is probably short term. You need to stop discretional spending whilst you assess”.
"The President also stressed the importance of collaboration and incorporating technology into best practice. "Collaboration is important, we will get more out of working in a broad diverse team than in a silo," he said. "No business is successful without people and their breadth of skills. We need to understand technology for new energy requirements, and I am convinced in ten years’ time we will be doing far more off- site production and construction."
The visit comprised of two virtual meetings: the first involved ICE Wales Cymru Committee, Graduate and Student members the second, Industry leaders, professionals and all members in Wales.
A short presentation by Tim Hou, one of the President’s Future Leaders, on the Sustainability Route Map in South Wales also featured during the visit, which was chaired by Yvonne Murphy, ICE Wales Cymru Chair.
Keith Jones, Director of ICE Wales Cymru said:
“As the proposed venue for our Annual Presidential Address at the Principality Stadium was now a corona virus hospital – Ysbyty Calon y Ddraig (the Dragon’s Heart Hospital) it was poignant to reflect on the impact of the pandemic in Wales and across the UK and hear his comments on corona virus and the importance of Infrastructure.