Report on Labour Conditions in the Tram & Bus Services||
(3) The company accepts no responsibility for any accident that may befall an apprentice during the course cf his training. Neither does it offer any guarantee of employment after the period of training is over.
Generally 8 ' A ' Class (student) apprentices are taken every year. Out of these, two are from the Bengal Engineering College and three each from the Benares Engineering College and the Calcutta Engineering College.' B' Cla$s apprentices.—' B ' Class apprentices are selected from among •the Anglo-Indians or Indians, the former being generally given preference over the latter. The total number to be filled by the Works Engineers do«s not exceed ten. Two more posts are reserved for the nominees of the Agents of the Company. The candidates must be educated up to a standard equivalent to Ihe Board of Apprenticeship Training Examination or the Entrance Examination of the Calcutta Technical School. The age limits are 16 and 19 years. On being selected, the apprentices have to attend the Technical School for 5 years. The Company pays their tuition fees but books, instruments, etc., are provided by the individuals themselves. They have to observe all the Company's rules as regards time keeping, behaviour and general discipline and are paid as under during the period of apprenticeship
' C' Class apprentices, ~The relatives of persons already in the employ of the Company an'd some others are taken in this class. They are mostly illiterate, the maximum number being 10 at any one time. They are trained in one particular department only as fitters, •wiremen, turners, etc., and the period of apprenticeship covers a period of 5 years. Like the other 2 classes of apprentices, they are also put on the wage sheets aiiid their rates of allowance are as follows :—
It seems that the period of training for this class is unnecessarily long. II could be conveniently shortened to afford workers an early opportunity of earning higher wages. Of late, rio apprentices have been taken in as the presenl number is far in excess of the requirements of the Company.
There is no scheme for training in the Permanent Way Department. Ir Done of the Departments is apprenticeship period counted towards the total period of service.