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Passed imperfect

Letters

Reading the recent report of the excellent pass rate at the professional review, I wondered why no candidates put themselves forward for the technician review.

I suspect it has something to do with the change of job of the technician. In days of old, technicians crafted their drawings using graphos pens on linen, carefully finishing their art with delicate colour washes.

Today's technicians operate a computer and all the drawings are produced to the same exacting and uniform standard.

Employers now look beyond technical finesse; to output, timekeeping and teamworking to differentiate one employee from another.

I do not think that the Institution has anything to offer a machine operator motivated solely by profit. As an institution we should not worry about the lack of applicants to the technician division and simply let this quaint Dickensian grade wither away.

George Ponsford, ponsford. woodward@btinternet.com

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