HC Deb 30 November 1939 vol 355 c219
3. Mr. David Adams

asked the Minister of Labour what steps are being taken for the training of new recruits for the less skilled operations in industries of national importance; whether, and to what extent, unemployed men are being trained for work of this nature; and whether he will take steps to see that any training of this nature should, if possible, fit the trainee for permanent employment after the war?

Mr. E. Brown

The Ministry of Labour Centres provide training in a number of occupations of special importance, and at present include over 6,000 men. The expansion of industries producing war needs is, however, mainly effected by the up-grading of men already engaged in them and by the training of newcomers in the works. This method is effective, and having regard to the large numbers involved, is the only practicable system for meeting the bulk of the requirements. In so far as training is provided by the Ministry, it has always been the policy to do so in a way which will be a permanent asset to the person trained.

Mr. Adams

Are the unemployed given preferential treatment as trainees?

Mr. Brown


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