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Wednesday, 8 May 1957

Mr Swartz (DARLING DOWNS, QUEENSLAND) z asked the Minister for the Navy, upon notice -

1.   How many personnel will be selected each half year for entry to the Naval Apprenticeship Training Establishment in Sydney?

2.   What is the period of instruction for apprentices and what rank do they carry on completion of the course?

3.   How many trades are taught at this establishment?

4.   Has the scheme been supported by industrial organizations in Australia?

Mr Davidson - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows: -

1.   Fifty apprentices are entered each half year.

2.   Apprentices are under instruction for four years at the Royal Australian Navy Apprentice Training Establishment, followed by one year at sea, on completion of which time they are rated acting artificer, 4th class; this rate carries petty officer status.

3.   Four trades are taught, viz.: Fitter and turner; Electrical fitter; Shipwright; Boilermaker.

4.   As, on completion of courses, apprentices will have reached standards equivalent to those obtained by indentured civilian apprentices, the trades unions have agreed to accept them as tradesmen.

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