Story: Apprenticeships and trade training

Indenture of apprenticeship

The official record that placed an apprentice with an employer for training was called an indenture. This one, from 1894, states that Raymond Lyttleton of Rakaia was apprenticed for four years to Scott Bros of Christchurch as a fitter’s apprentice. He was paid 5 shillings a week for the first two years, rising to 8 shillings in the third year and 12 in the fourth.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Edith Lyttleton Papers
Reference: MS-Papers-8649-021

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Jeremy Baker, 'Apprenticeships and trade training - Apprenticeship until 1945', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 3 December 2021)

Story by Jeremy Baker, published 11 Mar 2010