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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 6, No. 10 July 28, 1943

Student Worker Scheme

Student Worker Scheme

The Executive of Canterbury College is planning a Student Worker Scheme, the details of which have now been published in "Canta."

The essence of the scheme is to make it possible financially for anyone who has passed matriculation to attend University. These people are to work part of each day and attend lectures during the remainder, preferably in the afternoon and night. For the first year, 1944, in order to ensure the success of the scheme, candidates must comply with the following conditions:
1.Age not less than 18 (otherwise in most jobs a man would not earn enough to keep himself, and the organisers of the scheme do not want the responsibility of women less than 18).
2.Matriculated, or otherwise they could not take degrees.
3.Character reference and health certificate.
4.Sufficient ability to carry out an undeniably tough undertaking.

It is estimated that by working five half-days per week, e.g., every working day morning, all expenses could be paid. In most of the jobs so far considered the shift plan is necessary. That is, students taking a course whose lectures are mainly in the morning will work in shifts with students with lectures in the afternoon or night. Two men will therefore share one full-time man's wage between them. Women students will mainly do household duties for half a day and it is hoped to find the majority of them jobs where they will live as part of the household.

The Rector of Canterbury College, the committee of the Canterbury Manufacturers' Association and the Department of Vocational Guidance have promised full co-operation. The Director of Education has been asked for his approval and advice and enquiries are being made about the possibility of a grant to cover fares to Christchurch, fees and books. Possibly an extended time payment system of fees could be arranged, as wages from the jobs will not be sufficient to pay fees within the normal required time. The organisers are also investigating the question of accommodation for the expected influx of students.

"Salient" will bring a further report when more details will be available.