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Apprenticeship Scheme

Volume 529: debated on Thursday 1 July 1954

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asked the Minister of Agriculture how many entries for the agricultural apprenticeship scheme have been notified.

There are 148 apprentices at work, and 295 young people are waiting to be interviewed or placed.

Does not this extremely disappointing figure indicate the reluctance of agricultural workers to put their children into an industry which is so badly paid and which lacks opportunities for advancement?

No, Sir, I do not think so. This scheme has been running for only six months. I had the privilege of starting this scheme which, I hope, will be successful. It has been running for only six months, but a start has been made. Incidentally, Kent is one of the counties very interested in this scheme.