Engineering Cadet Corps

Oral Answers to Questions — National War Effort – in the House of Commons on 26th November 1942.

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Photo of Mr Daniel Frankel Mr Daniel Frankel , Stepney Mile End

asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that the condition that entrants for the Engineering Cadet Corps must hold a school certificate renders ineligible boys who have chosen a technical education and entered the engineering industry at the usual age of 15; and whether he will make the entrance examination open to all boys who desire to make application, whether their education be elementary or secondary?

Photo of Mr Ernest Bevin Mr Ernest Bevin , Wandsworth Central

I have decided that in order to be eligible a boy need not have taken the school certificate, provided that he has reached the necessary standard of knowledge of mathematics or general science or physics. The scheme does not cover boys already employed in engineering because its object is to reduce the demands of the Services upon the personnel of the industry; boys who become qualified for technical commissions while employed in the engineering industry have an opportunity to obtain such commissions.