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Wednesday, 24 May 1939

Mr Gregory y asked the Minister representing the Minister for the Interior, upon notice -

1.   What trades are taught at the night trade classes conducted at Canberra under the auspices of the Department of the Interior?

2.   What are the numbers of pupils attending each night trade class?

3.   Is admission to such classes restricted to lads apprenticed to the particular trades or engaged in their daily occupation in the par:ticular trades?

4.   What opportunity is afforded lads engaged in other trades not covered by the night trade classes to learn the skilled trades taught at the night classes, and thus escape from dead-end occupations?

5.   Do the day vocational classes afford sufficient opportunity for boys compelled to earn their living by day at unskilled occupations to become skilled workmen or artisans?

6.   If there is any prohibition or restriction against the class of lad referred to in paragraph 4 attending the night classes, is this because of action by the trade unions or because of an agreement with the New South Wales Government?

7.   If so, is such prohibition in accordance with public policy?

Mr Perkins - The Minister for the Interior has supplied the following answers : -

1.   Fitting and machining and motor mechanics, carpentry and joinery, plastering, painting, electrical fitting and mechanics, signwriting, bricklaying, plumbing, drainage, autogenous welding.

2.   -


3.   Yes, with the exception of the classes in signwriting, drainage and autogenous welding, which arc not declared apprenticeship trades.

4.   Classes are provided at the Vocational Training School for boys at the super-primary stage to learn carpentry, bricklaying, plumbing and motor mechanics, as well as arithmetic, English and civics.

5.   No. Because a term of apprenticeship to a trade is essential, the school instruction is supplementary only, and attendance at the classes has never been regarded as sufficient training for an apprenticeship trade.

6.   The trade unions regard practical training in an apprenticeship trade under an employer in association with other workmen as an indispensable component in the education of tradesmen. The restrictions which are applicable to certain of the night classes apply under the scheme of technical education in operation in New South Wales, but have not been imposed in 'Canberra as a result of an agreement with the New South Wales Government.

7.   Yes, in accordance with the basic principle of apprenticeship.

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