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Time to back technicians' status


What a misleading and confusing message was conveyed in the 'Working Lives' item on becoming chartered (NCE 2 September).

The article implies that people without degrees are failures unless they can become chartered. This is contrary to all the fine words that have been spoken about the value of technicians.

In fact, fine words are all we have had from the Institution because nothing has been done to encourage school leavers to enter the industry, nor has the Institution made any effort to raise the status of technicians.

Instead we have a member of council portrayed as someone who has escaped from the second rate role of technician to become chartered. I have the greatest admiration for anyone who can achieve this upgrade but they will be very small in number.

Ms Frost says she wishes to influence the way the Institution perceives technicians. Does she mean to value them properly or to raise unrealistic expectations?

Will the Institution continue to remain silent on this important issue?

JRHaude (F), 17 Breamwater Gardens, Ham, Richmond-Upon-Thames, Surrey, TW10 7SF

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