The first major policy statement of the Engineering Council was made in London recently. The Council’s Chairman, Sir Kenneth Corfield, at a press conference to announce the details of his intentions, stressed that there was an urgent need to attract some of the best intellects into engineering, since it was not in the long-term interests of a company or an individual that first-class engineers better suited to the engineering function should be attracted into management for reasons of pay and status. The Council, he said, would consult with a wide range of organisations in an effort to change fundamental attitudes towards engineers and technicians throughout industry. The full text of the Council’s policy statement is given below:
The performance of engineering in the United Kingdom is paramount to the nation’s future industrial, economic and social prosperity. The revenue earned from the products we make, the services we supply, and the business we generate, relies extensively on the quality of our engineering expertise and the development of our manufacturing capability.