Part-time Women Workers (Training)

Oral Answers to Questions — National War Effort – in the House of Commons on 8th October 1942.

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Photo of Mr David Adams Mr David Adams , Consett

asked the Minister of Labour whether, for women to be employed on part-time factory work, Government training centres are being utilised for preliminary training where required?

Photo of Mr Ernest Bevin Mr Ernest Bevin , Wandsworth Central

Yes, Sir. I have made arrangements under which the resources of the Government training centres can be made available for the training of part-time workers where this is necessary, and in fact a small number are being so trained. The majority of women volunteers for part-time work, however, are being placed in jobs where training of the kind given by the Ministry is not required.

Photo of Mr David Adams Mr David Adams , Consett

Is the Minister aware that there is considerable accommodation in many of these centres for the training of such women?

Photo of Mr Ernest Bevin Mr Ernest Bevin , Wandsworth Central

Yes, Sir, but I am anxious not to fill up training centres with people to train if I can put them straight into work.