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Industrial and National Aspects of Technical Education

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    THE discussion at Aberdeen on September 11 arranged by the Department of Industrial Co-op eration of Section F (Economic Science and Statistics) and Section L (Educational Science) of the British Association, on the planning of a national policy of technical education and industrial recruitment, followed very appropriately Mr. H. T. Tizard's presidential address to Section L and a subsequent discussion in that section on the development of post-primary education during the present century. Mr. Tizard had referred particularly to the way in which the lack of co-operation or understanding between some branches of industry and the univer sities regarding the character of a university training is liable to lead to engineering graduates, for example, finding themselves in blind alleys or to definite unemployment, as among the biologists. While there can be no two opinions about the folly of a policy of encouraging young men of good ability to spend long years in specialised study, only to find at the end that there is no demand for their services or that the posts offer inadequate prospects, this has been the experience of many science graduates during the past fifteen years. If, however, Mr. Tizard's sugges tion that the supply should be deliberately kept short of the demand is not altogether acceptable to industry, the alternative is to attempt some definite planning of technical education both quantitatively and qualitatively in relation to industrial recruit ment.

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