local youngsters have been encouraged to pursue careers in engineering by the head of one of the profession’s top organisaions.
During his visit to Montrose last week Richard Coakley, president of the Institution of Civil Engineers, also gave the town a ringing endorsement as a potential leader the country’s future energy solutions.
Mr Coakley visited the town as part of a week-long tour of Scotland, during which he viewed facilities at the harbour, the Basin wildlife centre and GlaxoSmithKline as well as meeting with pupils at South Esk School.
He was taking the opportunity during his tour to see as many civil engineering projects as possible and, as an energy expert, said that Scotland has global potential to “sit at the top table”.
He said: “I came to visit the north east to see all the opportunities you’ve got here to make that happen.
“Montrose has the experience and resources in place to help the north east herald Scotland’s energy future. With regards to the port and the structure plans which are under way, I was very impressed to see the work already done in modernising the port. Having said that, the port and town have got massive potential to fufil.”
Mr Coakley added that he is also keen to encourage local children to become involved in that future through careers in engineering.
He said: “We need to inspire young people to look at engineering as the career of choice. Children, whatever their background, need opportunities to learn about the choices available to them in engineering.
“They need to be able to see maths and science as a friend in this modern world and as a guardian of progress and development.”