Before the advent of extended full-time tertiary education, the traditional training grounds for young would-be members of this institution were in the offices of steelwork fabricators or reinforced concrete contractors. Young school-leavers usually entered the profession as apprentices where they received excellent practical training in structural engineering during the day, supplemented by study at evening classes. Since then, we have seen radical changes in the education system, particularly the increased number of places available at universities and polytechnics, coupled with the
Engineering Council’s edict that would-be engineers must have completed a full-time degree course. This has resulted in fewer opportunities for 16-year-olds compared with
30 years ago.
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