ERIC Number: ED038505
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
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Apprenticeship Past and Present.
Manpower Administration (DOL), Washington, DC. Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training.
For thousands of years men have transferred skills from one generation to another by apprenticeships. In Egypt, Greece, Rome, Europe, and finally in the United States apprenticeships became an accepted practice. In the United States in the 1700's poor boys 14 years or younger were often indentured to masters who agreed to teach them a trade. They were usually bound to their masters until they were 21 years old, and received training in crafts such as leather work and carpentry. After the time of the industrial revolution, domestic apprenticeships disappeared and wages were paid to employers in growing industries such as iron foundries, ship building, and printing shops. Laws passed in the 1920's and 30's regulate apprenticeships. Today the apprentice is part of a production force, trains on the job and in a classroom, and is paid wages. Apprenticeship is and will continue to be one of the best ways of training skilled craftsmen. Various programs have been set up to aid the disadvantaged in obtaining apprentice training, including information centers, preparatory courses, and prejob programs. (BC)
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Authoring Institution: Manpower Administration (DOL), Washington, DC. Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training.