Page 6, 19th July 1946

19th July 1946
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Page 6, 19th July 1946 — Boys To Train To Be Masons At Prinknash

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Boys To Train To Be Masons At Prinknash

Boys now at school and boys leaving school are likely to serve their apprenticeship as masons building the Abbey Church at Prinknash if negotiations between the Ministry of Works and the Abbey authorities are successfully completed. If so, the building of the Abbey Church, postponed by the war, is likely to recommence very soon. The justification of resuming work on the church is that the important Governmentsponsored body called the Building Apprenticeship and Training Council has recommended a special scheme for training apprentices in the craft of mason.

This scheme will be put into operation during the period that must elapse before conditions improve and will allow normal building activity.

A special necessity in the scheme is that a building project must he of such a size and of such character in design that it will ensure the continuous train' le on one site for a minimum of three yeers for the apprentices, before they are passed to local employers in the building industry for the completion of their apprenticeship. The project of continuing with a small portion of the Abbey church and cottages is obviously ideal in this respect,

Boys are eligible for selection upon leaving primary schools at the age of 14 and, if selected, may commence work immediately. They may not, however, he indentured until they reach 15. Boys from junior building schools will leceive preference. Applications should be made to the local Juvenile Employment Officer in the towns at fringe areas of Gloucester, Cheltenham and Stroud.

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