Much has been said recently about the shortage of qualified entrants into the engineering profession in particular and technology based careers in general. The blame is generally placed on the shortcomings in the education system and its inability to prepare learners for careers, particularly in the teaching of mathematics and science. Part of the problem could be that secondary and even tertiary education is too broad, too general, not sufficiently career based and is more aimed at producing academic qualifications than employable staff. This editorial has its roots in two recent visits, occurring within a short space of one another… (more)