The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 1, Issue 2 (June, 1926)
During the past five years the Department has granted monetary remuneration to those apprentices who have attended technical colleges in their own time and secured the requisite diplomas. This, however, has failed to stimulate apprentices to attain the necessary educational qualifications. It is also a moot point as to whether the instruction offered in such colleges has been of very material benefit to such apprentices.
The Department has decided to give all apprentices at least three hours instruction per week in departmental time. This is a move in the right direction, and I would appeal to all tradesmen to foster the movement to the utmost of their ability. The apprentices should avail themselves also of this avenue of knowledge afforded them by strict application to their work and studies. The aim of the management is to assist in maintaining the present high standard of workmanship set by our leading tradesmen.
It is a well known adage that “Competition makes for progressiveness” and the educational programme in view will probably lead to competitive examinations at six monthly or twelve monthly intervals. The ideal would be to afford those apprentices who attained the highest marks an opportunity of acquiring further knowledge at an Engineering College, or in the alternative, experience abroad.
The Department has the interests of the apprentices at heart, and every railwayman should assist the educational proposals to the utmost of his ability. Apprentices should embrace every opportunity of improving their knowledge mental and manual.