Cheap labour: Letter

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Sir: Walter Greenwood's novel Love on the Dole (1933) is more instructive about apprenticeship schemes than Ann Treneman's article "Nothing for something - the Nineties way" (17 October). One of the characters points out that the "apprentice racket" was a way for employers to get cheap labour. Apprentices were taught nothing during their seven-year apprenticeship, because though called engineers they were only machine- minders.

ALEXANDER CHABLO

Manchester

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