I think its a bit of the 'nature of the beast' at the moment.A bit surprised that a hooky seemed to be in charge of the engine issue. I would have thought a senior rate might have been overseeing this but it still came across as very professional.
I met a LET(WE) last year (he had just left POW to go outside). Had done his full 22 and still a LH due to the removal of Tiffs / Mechs career path.
So even though he had plenty of experience in running various WE sections, he did not have the relevant academic qualifications to join our place as a Eng Tech. Nothing on his CV said apprenticeship or HNC.
My lad is in now, passed LET(WE) course this year and has his own section on a 23. His target is to get onto POET course because that now gives a Foundation Degree. Will he get to Chiefs? Probably not, whereas for Tiffs and Mechs it was basically guaranteed (unless very naughty!!).