England Example of Apprenticeship Indenture (National Institute)

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The original content for this article was contributed by The National Institute for Genealogical Studies in June 2012. It is an excerpt from their course English: Occupation Records-Professions and Trades and English: Occupations-Military & Services  by Dr. Penelope Christensen. The Institute offers over 200 comprehensive genealogy courses for a fee ($).






Training and Qualification (cont.)

CHART:

Trade Apprentice Indenture 1959

John Gardner was 15 years and 4 months old, the school leaving age being 15 in 1959.

THIS INDENTURE made on the 18th day of November 1959 betweenJohn Bernard Gardner
of16 Red House Lane, Bexleyheath, Kent (hereinafter called “The Apprentice”) of the first
part; Herbert Leonard Gardner of 16 Red House Lane, Bexleyheath, Kent (hereinafter called
“The Guardian”) of the second part; T.C. Woolnough and Son Ltd of 25 and 27 Sayer Street SE 17
(hereinafter called “The Master”) of the third part WHEREAS the said Master exercises the art,
trade, or business of a Bookbinder.
NOW THIS INDENTURE WITNESSETH that the said Apprentice of his own free will and accord, and with the consent of the said Guardian (testified by their executing these presents), Doth bind himself to the said Master to learn the art, trade, or business of a Bookbinder, and with him, after the manner of an Apprentice, to serve from the 10th day of August 1959 until the full end and term of Six years thence next following, this period of service to include any period of compulsory national service taken during apprenticeship, provided that the apprenticeship shall not be completed until at least five years (or such other period as may be provided in the appropriate agreements current in the industry) of actual craft training has been carried out either in the Master’s establishment or in the appropriate trade category during national service, and that the Apprentice has reached the age of 21 years. The Apprentice and the Guardian hereby jointly and severally covenant with the Master that the Apprentice will during his apprenticeship faithfully, honestly, and diligently serve the Master, and obey and perform all lawful commands and requirements, and keep his secrets, and shall not do or knowingly suffer to be done any damage or injury to the property of the Master, or of his customers, nor see it done by others without acquainting him therewith, and will not waste or make away with the goods or property of the Master nor lend the said goods or property to anyone, and will not without the consent of the Master absent himself from the service of the Master at anytime during the said term of six years, and will observe and abide by the general regulations made from time to time for the conduct of the factory or works, and will and shall in all things conduct and acquit himself as a true and faithful Apprentice.
AND IT IS HEREBY AGREED that the Master will teach or cause the Apprentice to be taught during the said term, the art, trade, or business of a Bookbinder as practised in his establishment, the hours of employment being those generally recognized as the working hours for the journeymen in the industry; and so long as the Apprentice shall duly and faithfully perform his part of this Indenture the Master will pay to him as wage a sum calculated in accordance with the agreements covering apprentices’ wages current in the industry.

(Note: Under the agreements current at the date of execution of this Indenture the wage payable to the Apprentice will be a sum represented by a percentage of the agreed minimum grade rate for journeymen in the town or district in which they are employed) or an agreed proportion of such according to the number of hours worked by the Apprentice in any one week, any overtime worked to be paid for at the appropriate proportionate overtime rates) in accordance with the scale set out below.

Year of Apprenticeship Wages, expressed as a percentage of the basic minimum wage of a journeyman.

(Details to be written in by firm concerned)

First year - 25%
Second year - 30%
Third year - 40%
Fourth year - 55%
Fifth year - 65%
Sixth year - 75%
In addition the Apprentice is to be paid such cost of living bonus as is provided for by, and calculated in accordance with, the appropriate agreements current in the industry.

AND IT IS HEREBY AGREED that the Master shall have power to suspend the Apprentice in the case of wilful disobedience, neglect of duty, idleness, dishonesty or incompetence, and that any such suspension shall be reported forthwith to the Local Apprenticeship Committee of the Joint Industrial Council (or if no such Committee is in being to the Apprenticeship Authority at the head offices of the Joint Industrial Council of the Printing and Allied Trades in London), which shall make suitable representations to the party concerned.

AND IT IS HEREBY AGREED that any difference between the parties to this Indenture which is not resolved following advice offered by the Local Apprenticeship Committee shall be reported to the Apprenticeship Authority as constituted by the Joint Industrial Council at a meeting held in London on 12th April 1945, and that Authority upon consideration of the facts shall make suitable representations to the parties, and shall have power if necessary to cancel this Indenture and from and after the date of such cancellation the apprenticeship shall be at an end and all liability under this Indenture by the Master to the Apprentice shall cease.

IN WITNESS whereof the Parties above named have put their Hands and Seals the 18th day of November in the Year of our Lord One thousand nine hundred and fifty nine.
Apprentice J.B. Gardner, 16 Red House Lane, Bexleyheath
Witness W.F. Barber, 14 Granville Square, London WC1
Guardian H.L. Gardner, 16 Red House Lane, Bexleyheath
Witness I. Carley, 69 Bullhead Road, Boreham Wood, Herts
Master S.G. Herbert, 41 Dugdale Hill Lane, Potters Bar, Mddx
Witness A.J. Broad, 107a Cambray Road, SW12
ENDORSEMENT UPON COMPLETION
John Gardner has completed a very satisfactory apprenticeship.
For and on behalf of T.C. Woolnough and Son Ltd
S.G. Herbert, Managing Director 10th August 1965


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