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Dockyard Training Centres

Volume 75: debated on Tuesday 12 March 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence what security there is for new apprentices being taken on at the Rosyth and Devonport dockyard training centres that they will be able to complete their skills training.

Their security lies in the fact that past generations of MOD apprentices have all, subject to satisfactory individual performance, received a full course of training. New apprentices at Rosyth and Devonport dockyards will be similarly treated.

asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the quantities and types of skills training conducted by the training centres in the Devonport and Rosyth dockyards in the past five years.

In Devonport and Rosyth dockyards in the period 1979–80 to 1983–84 some 630,274 trainee days of apprentice training were given: 32,941 trainee days of vocational training; 17,695 trainee days of management training; and 3,283 trainee days of induction training. The skills covered by apprentice and vocational training were mainly electrical, mechanical and shipwright, with a lesser amount of training for other trades such as coppersmith, boilermaker, founder, plumber, joiner, sailmaker, pattern maker, blacksmith and welder.