Origins of the Victorian Apprenticeship Commission: a history of apprenticeship regulation in Victoria 1896-1927

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Author: Brereton, P. D.


By the 1890s, factory methods had encouraged looseness or avoidance of apprenticeship contracts. The improver system, under which employers were not responsible for teaching, flourished. Youths grew up insufficiently skilled to command full tradesman’s pay, thus threatening adult jobs and wages. In 1896, following anti-sweating agitation, wages boards were established to determine minimum rates and maximum numbers of juveniles in certain seriously exploited trades. By 1900, this system was extended to other trades, but the minimum duration of apprenticeship contracts was set at only one...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Apprenticeship; Governance; Employment; Youth

Keywords: Apprenticeship contract; Regulation; Education and training system; History; Government agency; Agency role; Conditions of employment; Working conditions; Labour relations

Geographic subjects: Victoria; Australia; Oceania

Published: Melbourne, Victoria: University of Melbourne, 1970

Physical description: iv, 252 p.

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Masters Research thesis

Resource type: Thesis

Document number: TD/TNC 117.384

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