HC Deb 06 March 1939 vol 344 c1741
37. Mr. Viant

asked the Postmaster-General the procedure now in vogue in his Department for the recruitment of skilled men; and are indentures of apprenticeship accompanied with references as to character required?

The Assistant Postmaster-General (Sir Walter Womersley)

The majority of the skilled men employed by the Post Office have previously served in the Department as unskilled men and have been trained by the Department in its own classes of work. Skilled tradesmen are recruited occasionally through the Employment Exchanges or directly, subject to satisfactory evidence of experience and ability. Indentures of apprenticeship are not required, but satisfactory evidence as to character is required.