HC Deb 10 May 1960 vol 623 c53W
Mr. Pitman

asked the Minister of Labour whether the Government Training Centres Apprentice Training Courses will be limited for admission to those young persons only who are at least 16 years of age, so that the younger adolescents, between the age of 15 and 16 years, may not thereby be induced to leave school before the age of 16 years.

Mr. P. Thomas

Admission to the classes depends on prior acceptance by an employer as an apprentice. In most industries apprenticeships are not begun before 16, but where industrial practice provides for apprenticeships at 15, apprentices of that age would not be excluded.

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