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Young People (Advice)

Volume 477: debated on Thursday 6 July 1950

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asked the Minister of Labour what encouragement is given in all schools to pupils to undertake technical, industrial and craft employment as compared with clerical employment; and what is the proportion of openings in the former work as compared with the latter.

In general, the aim of the schools is to develop the individual attributes of children and varying types of courses are provided with that end in view. Advice on choice of employment is available through the Youth Employment Service. In giving advice youth employment officers consider primarily the qualities, aptitudes and interests of young people and encourage them to choose the available employment most suitable for them whether it be of a technical, industrial, craft, clerical or other kind. I regret that statistics are not available to enable me to answer the last part of the Question.