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Where are the jobs for real engineers? Letters

I WAS delighted to see that the current owners of Jaguar Land Rover are investing in the future by taking on more staff. However, I was concerned to read that apparently these will only consist of over 300 graduates.

Skilled men and women who lost their jobs through no fault of their own at Massey Ferguson and Peugeot have a much greater claim to that work than people who have only recently left university. In the early 1920s, the Institute of Mechanical Engineers ruled that a honours degree in engineering was only worth three-fifths of a craft apprenticeship.

Until that rule was revoked, all graduate engineers had to take the final two years of a craft apprenticeship before being regarded as skilled. Additionally, they were then expected to have been admitted as Associate Members of the Institute by their 28th birthday. This is why many managers do not regard graduates as skilled.

So could Jaguar Land Rover give the real engineers a change to get back into full-time work? Chris Youett, Spencer Avenue, Coventry.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Sep 15, 2011
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