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Technical Colleges

Volume 437: debated on Monday 5 May 1947

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asked the Minister of Education which of the present emergency training colleges are to be permanent training colleges; and whether it is proposed to require these colleges to impose better qualifications relevant to technical education than are now insisted upon in the emergency colleges under the present regulations.

It is assumed that the reference is to the colleges for the training of technical teachers, particulars regarding the establishment of which are given in Circular 55 which I am sending to the hon. Member. Three such colleges have been established, at Bolton, Huddersfield and London. They are at present being conducted as emergency training colleges, but they will probably form the nucleus of a permanent system of training for teachers in technical institutions. Candidates admitted to these colleges are already required to possess satisfactory technical qualifications and also to have had industrial experience.