HC Deb 22 January 1931 vol 247 cc370-1W

asked the Minister of Labour whether arrangements can be made to secure employment for ex-apprentices recently discharged from Devonport Dockyard during the last six months who find it difficult to obtain employment, in view of the fact that these young men have been through a special training by the Government?


I find that during the last six months no apprentices have been discharged from Devonport Dockyard immediately on completion of their apprenticeship. In August last, 18 ex-apprentices were discharged, all of whom had been employed in the dockyard for periods varying from one to four years after the completion of their apprenticeship. Of these men, one has since found work as an agent, one has returned to the dockyard as a skilled workman, and the remaining 16 have accepted employment as labourers which was offered to them by the dockyard authorities. On the 9th January, two ex-apprentice coppersmiths were discharged on redundancy, and are still unemployed. Every effort will be made by the Employment Exchange to find them suitable employment.

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