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Glossary Term Apprenticed (1848 - c. 1965)
- c. 1965
- Glossary Term
The boarding out of children of school leaving age as workers was known as being apprenticed. Boys were usually apprenticed as farm labourers and girls as domestic servants. The 'employer' agreed to provide accommodation, food, and medical attention, if required.
During the mid 19th and the first half of the 20th century the government and many voluntary organizations arranged for children under their 'care' who had reached school leaving age to be apprenticed. This was regarded as a cheaper alternative to boarding out because no subsidy was paid to the carer. The practice however was open to great exploitation by the employer.
Prepared by: Karen George and Gary George
Created: 27 October 2011, Last modified: 7 June 2012