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Houseworkers (Training Centres)

Volume 465: debated on Thursday 26 May 1949

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asked the Minister of Labour the location of the training centres of the National Institute of Houseworkers; the number of persons in training at each centre; the number of staff at each centre; the duration of the course; and the average cost of training each student.

The training centres of the National Institute of Houseworkers are located at Croydon, Newcastle, Birkenhead, Chilton Cantelo (Yeovil), Bridge of Allan (Stirling), Swansea, Keighley, Nottingham and Oxford. They vary in size and the numbers of persons at present in training are 37, 36, 34, 30, 26, 23, 20, 16 and 15 respectively. There is a principal, three teaching staff and a clerk at each centre, except at Nottingham and Oxford where there are only two teaching staff. The principals are responsible for recruitment and placing of students and for public relations work in their area in addition to supervision of instruction. The course lasts for six months; nine months for girls under 17 years of age. The average cost of training an older student is £27 per month; it is £23 per month for a younger girl. These figures include rental or equivalent capital charges, the cost of maintenance allowances, and in the great majority of cases board and lodging.