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Emergency Training Colleges

Volume 414: debated on Thursday 25 October 1945

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asked the Minister of Education how many tutors have been selected for the emergency training colleges for intending teachers; and how many of these have served in the Forces.

About 115 men and 115 women are in various stages of selection or appointment to posts on the teaching staffs of emergency training colleges. These selections were nearly all made before releases from the Forces had begun and as a result very few, probably only two or three, of these teachers have served in the Forces in the war just ended. We are now able to consider men and women serving in the Forces, and hope to recruit a substantial proportion of the further staffs that will be required from those with recent Service experience.

asked the Minister of Education if serving men are encouraged to apply for emergency training as teachers well before the date of demobilisation so that they can begin studying while still in the Services.

Yes, Sir. Announcements have been made through Service channels to men and women in the three Services inviting them to make application now to the Ministry of Education. Suitable candidates are interviewed as soon as possible.

asked the Minister of Education how many emergency training colleges are now in operation; how many prospective teachers are undergoing training in such colleges; and how many it is contemplated will complete their training by 1st April, 1947.

Four emergency training colleges are now in operation, with 630 students. In addition there are 88 students at emergency courses attached to ordinary training colleges. As I have already stated, I expect that by 1st April, 1947, the number of students who will have completed their training will be about, 3,500.