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Training: a hazard The ‘knock on ’ effects of political decisions and policies are frequently very evident in hindsight, but rarely so initially. It was easy to anticipate that cuts in public spending would have unpleasant consequences for both sides of the profession, although doubtful whether many appreciated how severe these would be. Now Professor A. Vardy draws attention to the next domino which is threatened, when he writes: In recent years, the number of places available for civil engineering graduates to receive training under agreement has reduced considerably. This year, major consulting firms are perpetuating this trend, and some are even refusing to offer any formal training at all. Verulam