EDDICASHUN We are indebted to Mr. H. C. Parker, of the North-Westcrn Section, for this instructive preview of a preliminary draft of the latest addition to the literature on standardization. It deals with the hitherto neglected subject of the proper curriculum for apprentices. B.S.S. (x + 1)*— Post war. British Standard Specification for The Education and Training of Engineering Apprentices A. SCOPE 1. This specification applies to those mentally unbalanced members of the human race, male and female, who receive the call to apply their skill and cunning to the design, production for disposal (i.e. salesmanship) of machines, structures and electrical apparatus. Whilst there is no age limit, the misguided individual will probably feel the urge prior to the age of 21 years, the view being held that the more aged one becomes, the saner is the outlook, with consequent greater tendency to give consideration to easier and quicker means of acquiring wealth. B. DEFINITIONS 2. Education The assimilation of knowledge in its widest sense touching in weak moments on matters engineering, great attention being paid to language, with a leaning to the stronger idiom. 3. Training The acquiring of manipulative dexterity in the art of "foreign" manufacture or alternatively "home office" orders. In this way one is said to become skilled at a trade or technique.' 4. Engineering • The harnessing of the peculiarities of nature with the ultimate object of (a) benefiting humanity or (b) wiping it out altogether. Engineering may be electrical, mechanical or civil. The first type is very mysterious requiring super intelligence, facile imagination or a high bluffing capacity. The second is very apparent and is denoted by an oily smudge down the left cheek. The third is more reserved and has as its hallmark the retort courteous. 5. Apprentices These are neophytes who pass their time in a like manner to their older associates, but who receive a (very much) smaller .financial remuneration. After serving time, they acquire knowledge over night, when the weekly allowance is suddenly raised to the status of a wage. The degree of responsibility placed on the shoulders of apprentices varies directly and the capacity for receiving orders inversely as the weekly pay. There are trade, school and college apprentices who work, study and watch others work respectively. C. SYLLABUS 6. Vocational Much time should be spent as stooge to a man skilled in the art of engineering, during which period every word of wisdom falling from his lips should be garnered with care. These may seem strange at first, but one will soon become used to the terminology and be able to answer back in like manner. The apprentice will also become familiar with engineering parts by' delivering important requisitions to keepers of stores, and acquire patience whilst awaiting the convenience of these august individuals. 7. Culture Culture receives early attention in the apprentices' career in the administration of ancient and time-honoured customs, the most important of which is the rite of tea brewing or "mashing." Time, however, may witness the dying out of this solemn and remunerative practice with the birth of a new generation of craftsmen who "live not by tea alone." 8. Good citizenship A large section of the syllabus should be given over to the development of the sociable attitude. In this direction, the art of juxtaposition on the correct side of the foreman should be acquired as early as possible. The gleaning of information and the inducing of production men to undertake duties not originally envisaged is more difficult and follows in later years. Useful rules to be observed are (a) acting dumb and (6) packet of cigs. and use of Christian name. This section of education will prove invaluable to apprentices who desire to go into the more lucrative side of engineering, viz. salesmanship. D. TESTS 9. The apprentice will be examined at the commencement and conclusion of the course. The initial examination will be concerned mainly with the location of brain and information on the school, or better still, college last attended. Thus will his fate be decided. The final examination will consist of:— • Where x = number of B.S.S. previous to the present one. Very much an unknown quantity—probably astronomical. — 15 — (a) Trade Apprentices. Caliper test on the biceps. Rejection tolerance ± 0 - 1 ' on figures in Table I. (b) School Apprentices. Micrometer test on the cranium. Rejection tolerance ± 10 thou. on figures in Table II. (c) College Apprentices. Foremen's reports. Acceptance directly proportional to the amount of blasphemy contained therein.