As one who went through both routes to gain technical qualifications via day release and night school, I can confirm that there are no easy routes to membership of the Institution.
I am sure that the patronising tone from 'Easy Writer' (NCE last week) was purely unintentional.
Simply going via one route or the other does not determine whether an engineer will be slavishly adherent to traditional methods or an original thinker able to work from first principles.
As an apprentice I was taught early on that standards and codes are 'for the guidance of wise men and the adherence of fools'. This maxim has stood me in good stead through my career.
Michael Grounsell (M), 8 Regent Close, Otterbourne, Winchester, Hampshire SO21 2DN